To start rooting bittersweet vines, dip the cut end of each cutting in rooting hormone. Plant each in a pot filled with two parts perlite and one part sphagnum moss. Keep the soil moist until roots and new shoots develop. You can increase the humidity for hardwood cuttings by placing a plastic bag over each pot.
American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) is dioecious. Dioecious plants bear male and female flowers on separate plants. Gardeners need to plant at least one male and one female bittersweet vine to produce fruit. Unfortunately, most bittersweet plants sold at garden centers and nurseries aren't labeled as Read more
Oriental bittersweet roots are deep  and spreading . They may be as much as 0.8 inch (2.0 cm) thick  and reach deeper than roots of surrounding plant species .
Leaves Yellowed; Bumps on Leaves, Stems means Scale. Scale insects are the most common pest of bittersweet. They gather in clusters on the leaves and stems and look like small bumps. The males are white and elongated; the females, brown and oval. They make bittersweet Read more
The bittersweet nightshade, also called Solanum dulcamara, produces a sugary nectar directly from wounds inflicted on its leaves by animals chewing on them in a bid to attract ants.
Toxicity. Although this is not the same plant as deadly nightshade or belladonna (an uncommon and extremely poisonous plant), bittersweet nightshade is somewhat poisonous and has caused loss of livestock and pet poisoning and, more rarely, sickness and even death in children who have eaten Read more
Plant the bittersweet seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in well-drained soil. Bittersweet will grow vigorously in almost any soil type. It will also grow in both full sun and full shade, but needs sun for fruit production.
Soil & Transplanting Oriental Bittersweet can grow in all types of soil, but it thrives in light sandy and medium loamy soils. The plant can tolerate a wide range of pH; it easily grows in neutral and acidic soils but prefers moist and well-drained soil.
Bittersweet vines are North American native plants that thrive throughout most of the United States. In the wild, you can find it growing on the edges of glades, on rocky slopes, in woodland areas and in thickets. It often winds itself around trees and covers Read more
Bittersweet is susceptible to fungi which attack their leaves, coating them with a mold that kills them. These fungi thrive in both humid and dry conditions. Badly infected leaves become discolored and distorted.
Bittersweet is a dioecious vine, which means it needs both a male and a female plant to produce seed. Knowledge of how to harvest and care for this seed will help you grow a healthy bittersweet vine. Pluck the ripe red berries off the bittersweet Read more
American bittersweet will tolerate some shade, but grows best and produces the most berries in full sun. The vines grow 20 feet high and 20 feet wide so they will need support. Despite the fact that they climb trees in the woodlands, it's not a Read more
NOTE: Bittersweet seedlings are prone to damp-off and root rot if over watered. Do not over crowd in flats and keep good air circulation around the seedlings. Allow media to dry out before watering!
American bittersweet is a vigorous deciduous, perennial vine that grows 15 to 20 feet (4.5-6 m.) tall. It is native to central and eastern North America. They produce yellowish green flowers that bloom in spring, but the flowers are plain and uninteresting compared to the Read more
Cut them out near the base of the bittersweet vine. Select enough of the larger branches to outline the supporting structure of the bittersweet vine and remove all others. This will encourage the vine to produce new growth during the current year, on which berries Read more
Time Pruning Correctly Prune bittersweet vines in late winter or early spring, before the new buds form on tips. Prune too late, even just to shape vines once growth has started, and you may prune away your flowers for the season.
Plant the bittersweet seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in well-drained soil. Bittersweet will grow vigorously in almost any soil type. It will also grow in both full sun and full shade, but needs sun for fruit production. Space multiple plants 12 to 36 inches Read more
Ingestion can result in a variety of harmful symptoms and needs to be treated immediately. Climbing bittersweet poisoning in dogs can happen when dogs ingest the climbing bittersweet plant; it is highly toxic as it contains tropane alkaloids which negatively affect the central nervous system.
Bittersweet does not require supplemental watering. However, even though it is pretty self-reliant, even during drought periods, regular watering does improve its overall health, and thus, its fruiting.
I don't recommend growing bittersweet in a container because the soil in the container will freeze during the winter and kill the roots of your plant. Perennial plants survive the cold winter weather because their roots are growing below the frost line where the soil Read more
Late Spring to Early Summer flowering. Berries to late Autumn. Climbing Bittersweet is a native perennial woody climbing vine of sunny areas that flowers in late May and then produces a cluster of berries that gradually turn from green to yellow to orange over the Read more
A bit more information: Too much nitrogen fertilizer and insufficient sunlight can also prevent flowering. Grow American bittersweet in full sun and avoid high nitrogen fast release fertilizers for best flowering results.
Pruning should be done in the winter when the vines are dormant. Remove any damaged or diseased branches. You will also want to remove any branches that produced berries. This will encourage new growth in the spring.
The climbing bittersweet plant, which is also known as the American bittersweet, waxwork, Celastrusscandens, shrubby bittersweet, and false bittersweet, is a beautiful plant that produces small, colorful fruit. These fruits may look edible, but the truth is they can be poisonous to cats.
You need at least one mature male for every five female bittersweet plants for pollination and fruit development to occur. It is self-pollinating so you only need one plant to yield the desirable fruit. The fruit on this bittersweet tends to be larger and more Read more
A beautiful plant along the roadways in late fall, Oriental bittersweet is a threat to native environments by aggressively choking out other woody plants. Collecting can cause spreading. As the plant grows in diameter, it literally chokes or girdles other plants that it is clinging Read more
Oriental bittersweet vines grow between 1 and 12 feet per year and are capable of regrowing from roots that are left in the ground. Individual vines can reach 60 feet long, notes PennState Extension. An oriental bittersweet vine may regrow several times until the nutrients Read more
We are advised to avoid this plant of course, because all parts contain an oil called urushiol, which can cause an allergic reaction in most people. The very itchy rash can range in severity based on each individual's sensitivity and exposure.
Bittersweet thrives in alkaline soils. If you have acidic soil -- or you've grown accustomed to automatically lowering your alkaline soil's pH -- you may be preventing your bittersweet from getting nutrients it needs. Without them, flowering suffers. Inappropriate fertilizer also leads to lack of Read more
American bittersweet will tolerate some shade, but grows best and produces the most berries in full sun. The vines grow 20 feet high and 20 feet wide so they will need support.
The vine can spread by root suckering, but is primarily dispersed by the birds and mammals that eat the berries - and sometimes by people using the vines to decorate. Oriental bittersweet easily proliferates in forest openings created by disturbance.
Prune bittersweet vines in late winter or early spring, before the new buds form on tips. Prune too late, even just to shape vines once growth has started, and you may prune away your flowers for the season.
It is easily recognizable as "a" Bittersweet vine by its bright orange fruits in the Fall and Winter. Distribution: This vine is found along roadsides, in forest openings, along forest edges, in fields, and at old home sites. It is somewhat shade-tolerant, allowing it also Read more
Bittersweet vines grow well in both full sun and shade, although full sun is critical for fruit production. These vines are not particularly fussy about soil quality and pests seldom bother them. Because of their climbing habit, bittersweet needs a sturdy support-either an upright trellis Read more
Scale insects are the most common pest of bittersweet. They gather in clusters on the leaves and stems and look like small bumps. Spray vines with chronic scale problems with "superior" type dormant oil in late March. This should smother any over wintering scale pests.
Celastrus scandens is native to central and eastern North America. It was given the name bittersweet by colonists in the 18th century because the fruits resembled the appearance of the fruits of common nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), which was also called bittersweet.
The LEAVES and BERRIES are poisonous. People take bittersweet nightshade for skin conditions including eczema, itchy skin, acne, boils, broken skin, and warts. They also take it for joint pain (rheumatism), other types of pain, and fluid retention; and as a calming agent (sedative).
Prune bittersweet regularly every winter. Remove branches with berries for use in decorations such as wreaths and dried arrangements. Prune away broken, diseased or crowded branches to maintain plant health. Control the spread of these aggressive vines by judiciously trimming back rampant branches.
American bittersweet thrives in sunny locations and in almost any soil. Water these bittersweet vines by soaking the surrounding soil during dry spells.
for three to five months. You can do this by placing them in a bag of moist soil in the refrigerator. Sow the seeds the following summer. They may require a full month to germinate.