Vostorg is a Russian cultivar of the Kamchatka honeysuckle. The shrub reaches 1.8 m in height. It’s one of the earlier fruiting varieties, highly resistant to diseases and frost. It’s suitable for beginner gardeners and for growing in containers. Its fruit are excellent for eating raw, making preserves, juices, etc.
General description: The Vostorg Kamchatka honeysuckle is a shrub that grows up to 1.8 m high and is plentifully bestrewn with small flowers during blooming, as it’s a very prolific cultivar. Kamchatka honeysuckles are known the world over under many names, such as the sweetberry honeysuckle, fly honeysuckle, blue-berried honeysuckle, Haskap berry or simply the honeyberry – all these names represent this amazing plant of extraordinary properties. The Kamchatka honeysuckle’s popularity grows day by day, largely owing to the rise of health food trends. Kamchatka honeysuckles bear delectable and very healthy fruit, so it is worth seriously considering cultivating them in one’s own garden, especially since it’s easy to do so.
Flowers: This shrub’s flowers are quite inconspicuous, pale yellow, and resistant to spring frosts. It’s a cross-pollinating shrub, which means that to gain the highest possible fruit yield, it needs to be planted in the near vicinity of other Kamchatka honeysuckles.
Blooming: Vostorg blooms in the first half of April.
Leaves: This shrub's leaves are oval, green with a slightly bluish underside. Fresh foliage is slightly tomentose (fuzzy).
Fruit: The berries are cylindrical and pear-shaped, juicy, sweet and sour, and aromatic. Kamchatka honeysuckle fruit are rich in healthful nutrients, such as pectins, organic acids, vitamin c and sugars. Moreover, pigments contained in the berries have remarkable properties of strengthening blood vessels and removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
Ripening: The Vostorg variety starts to fruit mid-June. It can bear fruit as early as a year after planting. In the second and third year the plant can produce from 0.5 to 1 kg of berries from a single shrub. This variety may provide as much as 4 kg of fruit from just one shrub and Kamchatka honeysuckles bear fruit for up to 30 years.
Cultivation requirements: Kamchatka honeysuckles are easy to cultivate. They tolerate sandy and dry soils, although they grow best in slightly acidic, moderately moist, sandy clay soils, preferably in sunny or semi-shaded locations. This variety is sensitive to excessive dryness.
Care: During the first five years after planting Kamchatka honeysuckles need absolutely no pruning. The first thinning out to remove old shoots is to be done after about five years (depending on whether the shrub needs this). Thanks to such pruning, the fresh new shoots will gain access to more light and we gain the possibility of shaping the shrub to our liking. Pruning should be done before blooming or after fruiting, once the berries have been picked.
Overwintering: Very frost resistant, does not freeze in down to -40°C. At the beginning of November, young shrubs should be covered in soil with peat so that a mound of about 30 cm in height is formed over the plant.
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