Bittersweet - Knowledgebase Question

Chagrin Falls, OH
Question by cf_gamm9
November 23, 1998
Does Burpee sell the old-fashioed bittersweet vines? What do I need to know about site location and care. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
November 23, 1998


American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) plants are available through, Carroll Gardens 444 East Main St. Westminster, MD 21157 800-638-6334. Remember, to get berries on Bittersweet, you need a male and a female. Remember also that Bittersweet can reach 20' in height. Plant in well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Bittersweet benefits from a spring pruning of old wood. Fertilize in the spring, a 5-10-10 would be fine.

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