[NAFEX] Honeyberry sweetness (sourness)

John S swim_at_svc at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 13 13:53:18 EDT 2009

My honeyberries have been sweet so far, and are the varieties from Russia.  There can be a large difference between varieties.  I do leave them on the plant a long time, until they are soft and starting to fall off.

I can't wait for the newer varieties to become available, as this will be an excellent "new" fruit for many.

This year, no honeyberry crop here.  Think it was a pollination issue as it was very cold and wet while they were blooming.  Did not see any pollinators out (and looked form them at the time)  Birds got the few fruits that were set.


--- On Sat, 6/13/09, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:

From: Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net>
Subject: [NAFEX] Honeyberry sweetness (sourness)
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 11:37 AM

    I have read posts where folks say that if our honeyberries are sour that 
we are picking them too soon and they sweeten with time.  I tried that.  If 
I don't pick them when they are sour, they fall off and they are still sour..
    To answer the sand vs. clay argument, my honeyberries are growing in 
sandy loam, 5% organic matter - 95% sand.
    Plant pathologists claim that sour fruit indicates a copper deficiency. 
My soil is not copper deficient but is it possible that honeyberries need 
more than most plants?
    Are your honeyberries sour or sweet and do you know why?

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Farm
Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
For jams, jellies, syrups and more:
1-877-265-6856 (Toll Free)
1-218-831-7018 (My Cell) 

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