Tartarian Honeysuckle, sometimes referred to as Asian Honeysuckle, is a vigorous growing bush-type honeysuckle that is renown for its very fragrant and pleasing scent. Masses of buds open in spring with red to pale pink blooms which are later followed by decorative red berries. It is a deciduous shrub with an upright growth habit, reaching a mature height of about 10-12 feet. It is multi-stemmed with a dense twiggy mass making it an attractive shrub even when not in bloom.
This honeysuckle grows best in sun to part shade and few pests and diseases bother this lovely plant. Tatarian Honeysuckle also make great hedge plants.
hardy to zone 3-8
Soak seed in room temperature for 24 hours. Place soaked seeds in a small plastic bag or container filled with slightly moist sterilized peat moss or vermiculite that has been sprayed with a fungicide product. Place bag or container in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. Check seeds periodically as germination may occur while in the fridge. If this occurs, immediately move on to sow them 1/8 inch deep in good soil and place container in a room about 70 degrees. Keep soil mixture moist. After germination, grow seedlings in bright light, preferably under grow lights. Keep seedlings only 3-4 weeks inside unless you have a cool environment with bright light. Transplant to larger container outside or in a cold frame after this initial growth period