Manuka Honey - what should know if you want to grow and harvest your own Manuka Honey

Hello fellow beekeepers

The attached article is from The Australian Bee Journal (VIC) explains is easy to follow everyday language what you need to know if you are considering growing your own Manuka bushes, a.k.a. Leptospermum, for honey harvesting.

Anyway, thank you to the The Australian Bee Journal (VIC) who took the initiative to publish the article in the first place, enjoy!

Manuka Honey Plants - what you need to know P1.pdf (110.3 KB)
Manuka Honey Plants - what you need to know P2.pdf (361.5 KB)

Another other site well worth visiting on this subject is:



The attached advertisement from the Victorian Apiarists Association monthly newsletter maybe a source of scientifically proven Manuka plants, anyway, enjoy!

Supercharged Manuka Plants.pdf (113.1 KB)

Here is another great reference for those interested in growing their own Manuka plants for honey production.

@BBH the links provided for the are not working for me

Worked it out

It appears they have moved their blog to here:

Which has broken all their links :disappointed:

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Hi all, out our way we have huge quantities of Kunzea ericodes, which is also known as Burgan or kānuka tea tree (although is no longer classified as leptospermum, so technically not tea tree). In New Zealand it is also called white manuka. It flowers in December (right now). It is actually a problem plant in our area due to its rapid spread and high flammability, but supposedly is excellent for honey production and is considered “pharmaceutical grade” according to some resources (no clue as to the veracity of that though).

@HanCooper I would be interested to know where this plant is so I can gather the seeds as I have 7 acres of rocky ground and would like to get some ground cover in to start hecovery in the area and this looks like it would work well, as it would also provide my bees with some extra December nectar flow.

My bees are gathering nectar from somewhere but I think it is mostly from the Chestnut orchard on the next block or from the Everlasting daisies and Patersons curse that are everywhere in the fields around my block and the surrounding blocks.

There is quite a lot of it on the sides of captains flat road from Douglas close to just past Widgiewa. I’ve also seen paddocks of it on the Braidwood road about halfway between Bungendore and Braidwood. It is mostly on rural properties that were previously cleared as pastoral land, but definitely spreads to verges. You’d easily see it now in flower (looks like snowflakes on shrubby bushes), but it won’t be in seed until after flowering, in about a month I think. Might be hard to catch it in seed, but we have endless seedlings popping up here (post bushfire), so I might experiment with potting them up and offer them around if they take.

In saying that, I’d be wary of trying to grow it broadly on a rural property because of how quickly and completely it can take over. It is really hard to control once established and is a huge fire risk (in fact, it has been blamed as the major reason why the bushfires out our way we’re so ferocious this past February -

As I understand it, unlike tea tree leptospermum, the seed pods erupt very quickly after appearing, and the seeds are like dust, so they spread quickly. If you have a plan to keep it under control, it certainly would be one to get quick growth but your neighbors might be annoyed if it takes over their places too… tricky one!

has anyone had bog standard, if there is such a thing, Canberra ordinary honey tested for the magical properties? I would be keen to know how good our stuff is. Anyone know where and how much to have a sample tested? This might be handy stuff on a label.

Subject: Honey research project update

Hi all,

I hope 2018 is off to a great start.

Sample collection and the free honey testing carried out as part of the ‘Oz Honey Project’ ( will end January 31st, 2018.

We anticipate that the chemical analyses (DHA, MGO and HMF testing) of the samples we have collected will be completed by March 2018, and that the bioactivity testing will continue through to the end of the project in 2019.

We sincerely thank all of the beekeepers who have contributed to our project investigating the activity of Australian Leptospermum (manuka) honey. The response to our study has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have collected over 1000 honey samples over the last couple of years. We are excited to share the results of our project with you soon.

Our collaborators at the University of the Sunshine Coast will be continuing the chemical analysis of honey samples in a reduced form as part of a new CRC for Honey Bee Products project over the next few years. Please contact Dr Peter Brooks for details, or see their Facebook page.
Email: [email protected]


Dr Nural Cokcetin
Oz Honey Project Coordinator

ithree institute, Faculty of Science
University of Technology Sydney
+61 (0) 405 284 718
PO Box 123 Broadway NSW 2007 Australia

Hello everyone

I saw this article and thought it was worth re- posting on this forum as this appears to be another giant leap in the Australian Manuka growing project with the proposal to grow 400,000 active Manuka plants on this site that will flower up to 6 months of the year rather than the 6 weeks window that they typically flower.

interesting times indeed.