Home grown mistletoe

7th Dec 2022

Home grown mistletoe

So excited to have our first ever mistletoe berry in the orchard. I sowed berries (from left over sprigs after Christmas), on our apple trees 5 or 6 years ago and these slow-growing, parasitic plants are finally fruiting. Only one berry so far, but it's a start!

Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that lives off the nutrients and water from a host tree. Although it is parasitic, it will not kill the host tree but can weaken it.

The berries are often spread by birds from one tree to another, and this is how the large rounded clumps of mistletoe form in tree branches.

The most common host tree in the UK is apple, but poplar and lime are also frequent hosts.