Kiss & Go

kiss and go mistletoeKiss & Go is an old Somerset name for mistletoe. The RHS has an interesting tip if you are contemplating trying to grow some of the berries once they have done their kissing duty. The famous plantsman Graham Stuart Thomas swore by Sellotape. After you have found a suitable host (apple, hawthorn, lime or poplar) pick a dry day and secure a fresh whole berry to a branch using the Sellotape. (It is important not to use old and dry berries). In about 2 years’ time (not a task for a gardener in a hurry) keep an eye open for little green shoots which will indicate that the mistletoe has taken. Recognise the red bow on my mistletoe? It was recycled from the Burgon & Ball Kneelo.

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4 thoughts on “Kiss & Go

  • December 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for highlighting this funny yet helpful tip! A large Eucalyptus tree on our next door neighbours garden is a host to some mistletoe.

  • December 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I have had success growing mistletoe on an apple tree for some time now and have put the berries on hawthorn trees down the lane where we walk the dog just to spread it about the neighbourhood…sort of “secret sower”.

  • December 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    It’s always a talking point whenever I spot mistletoe growing on a tree – I can’t say I’ve ever seen it growing on eucalyptus before though.

  • December 29, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Hi, a few years ago I was travelling back by car from a holiday in Italy and I noticed that when we got closer to the coast in France, near Callais, many of the trees were laden with mistletoe. This went on for miles and miles. When I crossed the channel, there was none. What the blazes!?

    This looks like a good blog, I am now following you and will comment on garden building related posts.

    Best, Scott

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