Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

Mistletoe


Date
23rd January 2014

Category
Cyder House


Out walking in our orchards in early January I was overwhelmed by the mistletoe growing in huge bushes on almost every tree in the orchard.

Of course we all associate mistletoe with Christmas and a few sparse bunches being sold in markets or garden centres, yet here it was in abundance and looking stunning on the bare winter trees.

Mistletoe (Viscum album) is parasitic, living off the apple trees, its white berries are poisonous to people and not much fun for birds either! Coated with a sticky substance that makes them stick to the birds beak, it then wipes them on another branch and helpfully spreads the seeds exactly where they need to grow!

If you'd like to have a go at growing your own mistletoe the English Mistletoe Shop sells grow your own kits containing 50 fresh berries and detailed instructions for introducing mistletoe to your garden.