Leycesteria Formosa help

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  1. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    I would like some help to propagate Leycesteria Formosa, Himalayan honeysuckle. Has anyone had luck and if so - did you use cuttings or seeds? barb
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    Division in the autumn, or by seed in the Spring. The seeds are easy to germinate, and yield good results...seed should be ready to harvest now.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. Next - dumb question, berries directly off the plant or still shiny ones on the ground? any special treatment of berries/seeds mainly how to store till spring. barb
     
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    woodschmoe Active Member 10 Years

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    Not a dumb question at all. I can't vouch for the shiny fresh berries, but I harvest the wrinkled ones that look like raisins (usually still in the calyx) and extract the seeds by gently tearing the berries and working the pieces through my fingers in a bowl of water--the seeds will float to the surface: lay them out to dry and store in the fridge. I simply plant them in flats in the early Spring to germinate indoors, no special pre-treatment required...some sources list the need for cold treatment, but in my experience they germinate readily in 1-3 weeks after sowing indoors or on a heated table.

    Have you tried eating the berries? Taste quite a bit like burnt/carmelized sugar....
     
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    I don't usually taste, unless I know what it is, but I'll give it a try. I must be one of few here in Anacortes to have this plant because I get asked about it frequently. Figured it was time to learn more about it. Thanks!
     
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    Hello Woodschmoe - thanks for the detailed info on how to germinate Leycesteria formosa seeds. After tasting a seed I can only conclude that I don't like burnt/caramelized sugar. :-)
     

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