Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Mary Richardson
Posted on: April 6, 1998

We would like to know what all is involved in turning mistletoe leaves into a plant. The number for this product in your catalogue is H4069.

The leaves we sell are dried and can’t be grown. The dried leaves are meant for direct use, not for propagation.

Mistletoe is a parasite and it is therefore not possible to grow it even from live cuttings. The seeds have to pass through the gut of a bird and the bird has to defecate them onto a tree branch of a tree the plant can parasatize. The seed will then germinate and stick hausteria (feeding sacks) into the tree and start to grow. As far as I know a cutting cannot be made to grow hausteria and it will therefore not grow.

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