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Questions About Bittersweet

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 28, 2011

Q. Bittersweet Vine

Why won’t my bittersweet vine get orange berries? It has little greenish white flowers in spring and hard green round berry-looking things but they never turn to the familiar orange berries.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 29, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There are several reasons why your bittersweet may not be maturing to orange. The plants may not be old enough, the temperatures where you live may not provide the proper warming and cooling, or your plants may not be getting enough light.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2011

Q. Bittersweet – No Berries

I have 2 bittersweet plants, a male and a female. The vines are huge and growing very well. They are about 6 years old and this year and last year the vines produced no berries. I’ve had berries in the past. What’s happening?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Sunlight. Bittersweet sets the most fruit when it gets full sun all day. Over time, these plants become shaded as they and nearby trees and shrubs grow taller and broader. So what was once a fruiting plant becomes less so with each passing year. Therefore, annual pruning may be necessary, taking off up to a third of its growth as well as that from surrounding trees or shrubs.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 27, 2011

Q. Bittersweet

Are the fruits edible?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 28, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Some forms of bittersweet are toxic. Because of this, it is best to avoid eating them unless you are 100% certain of the type of bittersweet you have.

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Asked by
bramar on
June 5, 2014

Q. How do I identify a male from a female bittersweet vine?

I have had a bittersweet vine for 2 years, never flowered. I do not know if it is a male or female plant. The nursery I bought it from did not know either, or that 1 each was needed.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 6, 2014
A.

Some vines don't show much growth until the third year, so that's a consideration. Also, male flowers are so insignificant you may not know they're there. So it's probable that you have a male vine. If you want to get a female bush, I think I'd go to a different nursery. Here's an article on bittersweet: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/bittersweet/growing-bittersweet-vines.htm

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Asked by
robynpatton on
November 4, 2014

Q. how to transplant bittersweet vine

How to determine male from female and best time of year to transplant?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
November 4, 2014
A.

Here is an article with basic growing information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/bittersweet/growing-bittersweet-vines.htm
To add a little bit, the female flower has a rounded knob in the center of the flower, with no pollen; the male has several short stamens with yellow pollen on the ends. Some flowers of both sex can sometimes be seen on one plant, but the majority of flowers will be one sex or the other.
Replanting is a bit tricky because or the very large and deep roots developed on plants that have been growing a long time; however, the best time to transplant is during dormancy, probably in late winter before growth starts, but the ground has thawed enough to dig. This article might help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/bittersweet/growing-bittersweet-vines.htm

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Asked by
robynpatton on
November 4, 2014

Q. bittersweet seed availability

What is the best time to plant 7 along with general care – watering, soil, etc.?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
November 5, 2014
A.

If you're planting seeds, you can sow them in fall or spring; spring seeds need to be scarified. If you're planting bittersweet from the nursery, I would recommend early spring. Be sure to go to the extra trouble to find American bittersweet; the Chinese bittersweet is extremely invasive in some areas. You can google "where to buy American bittersweet" to find sources near you. Here is another article you might find interesting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/bittersweet/growing-bittersweet-vines.htm

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Asked by
Vincentvangogh98 on
October 7, 2015
Southern maine

Q. Bittersweet vine

I cut bittersweet too soon and really want it to pop. Will it pop after it’s been cut? It is all orange right now and a few have started to pop yellow and red or bright orange.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 8, 2015
Certified Expert
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Yes, Bittersweet will began to open as it dries.

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