What will those Crazy Canucks do next! Rob in Timmins, Ontario, couldn’t wait for spring so he placed three newly purchased haskap (honeyberry) plants under grow lights indoors in November of 2016. Watch what happens to Boreal Blizzard (top), Boreal Beauty (bottom), Honey Bee (middle) in 21 days. Rob says, “Little to no growth with no light. When I added a fan to circulate the air near the end of the video, the strawberries at right began to wilt immediately and the haskap’s growth was halved.” (ed. note: growth may have slowly down somewhat naturally – would be interesting to compare with a control group with no fan)
Note that these small plants spent 2 weeks in the mail with no ill effects. Haskap are very vigorous and ship well, either bare root (as in this case) or potted.
From tissue culture to potted plant: Several months growth in the propagator’s greenhouse in Canada produced this vigorous little plant measuring 1 foot from top to bottom, with about 6″ of stem.
Roots were washed for shipping. When possible we ship small plants with the peat intact, but some states and international customers may require bare root shipping.
Sturdy, shallow roots develop in older haskap plants. Sprawling roots were pruned for shipping. It’s fairly easy to dig up 3 year old plants. After that you have your work cut out for you if you’re thinking of transplanting!
And now for a few “time lapse” shots of our own orchard…
Our initial planting of 800+ Borealis, Tundra, & Berry Smart Blue plus over 30 named variety trials of blue honeysuckle (haskap/honeyberry), plus a sampling of dwarf sour cherries, elderberries, currants, gooseberries, aronia, saskatoons, raspberries, strawberries, plums, peach, mulberry, & apples provide us and our U-Pickers with ample fruit from June through October! (We also have 5 acres of fruit in a newer plot down the road).