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A Little Love (And A Long Wait)


By AndrewR


Here is a topical blog for Christmas.

I was pruning my apple trees a few days ago when a couple of leaves caught my eye

A closer inspection confirmed their identity

Nearly four years ago, I purchased some mistletoe berries. To have a chance of getting it to grow, you must have ripe berries (which are not available until March); the ones available at Christmas will probably not germinate. If you want to grow mistletoe on an apple tree, try to get berries from a plant that has the same host. Squeeze the berries to extract the seed. You will find these are very sticky – in fact they stick better to you than the tree! As some will fall off, fail to germinate, or get eaten by birds, it is best to ‘plant’ several, squeezing them into crevices where small branches join the trunk or larger ones. Then wait. And wait. After three or four years, if you’re lucky, the first two leaves will appear. From then on, the plant should get bigger every year, eventually providing material for cutting. However, there are male and female mistletoes. Only the female carries the berries, and she must have a male to pollinate her. So, a long wait but a horticultural success.

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Well done - first time I've heard of anyone succeeding in this on a non-commercial scale.

23 Dec, 2014


Well Done Andrew, I watched my neighbour on a ladder doing just what you say then watched a bird, can't remember which, go round and peck them out!
needless to say she didn't have the excitement of mistletoe leaves like you......

23 Dec, 2014


Many congratulations, you must be thrilled to bits!

23 Dec, 2014


Andrew I'm chuffed to bits for you, actually you've surprised me by saying about pruning your apple trees, one of mine is in dire need but I thought I'd got to wait until late Feb, it will be so much easier if I can do it now as regards getting rid of the branches ....
Merry Christmas to You.........

23 Dec, 2014


A very interesting account. I didn't know anything about mistletoe, I know lots now. Thanks for a lucid explanation.

23 Dec, 2014


Well done you I have never seen anyone succeed before.

23 Dec, 2014


congrats on the 'birth of your baby', make sure you prune her/him with a golden sickle for the magic to continue :o)

well done.

25 Dec, 2014


Oh yes, well done tried it ourselves many moons ago, shall know where to come for some mistletoe !!

1 Jan, 2015


Congratulations Andrew!

2 Jan, 2015

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