[NAFEX] a little more on Haskap

John Bunker john.p.bunker at gmail.com
Fri Aug 26 06:48:10 EDT 2011

It is my understanding that some or even many Haskap varieties will  
not pollinate (or "pollinize') one another.  A variety with compatible  
and viable pollen is required.  Thus, Honeyberry USA recommends the  
variety, "Berry Blue" as the pollen source.  The fruit, evidently, is  
not as large and sweet as Tundra and Borealis, but the plant is needed  
none the less.  I should add that I am still very much the novice when  
it comes to these plants.  Others will certainly know more than I.   
Please correct me, someone, if I am wrong.

John Bunker
trees at fedcoseeds.com
PO Box 520
Waterville ME 04903

On Aug 25, 2011, at 9:37 PM, Dan Nave wrote:

> What do you mean by "preferred pollen source?"
> I thought that any variety could pollinate any other variety.
> Are you implying that they don't do that very well and that you need  
> a specific pollinating variety?
> Dan
> On 8/25/2011 9:29 AM, John Bunker wrote:
>> It is my understanding that the honeyberries that many of us planted
>> years ago (I planted some 25 years ago or so) were from Russian
>> origin.  Mine fruted one or twice and never again.  The current  
>> "crop"
>> of varieties are from Japanese material.  Hence the Haskap name.
>> Supposedly these new selections are better at fruiting than the old
>> stuff.  Berry Blue is the preferred variety for a pollen source.  We
>> will be offering Berry Blue plus Tundra and Borealis.  We have all
>> three on trial now on our farm in Maine.  None have fruited yet but
>> are just getting established.
>> Best
>> John Bunker
>> Fedco
>> trees at fedcoseeds.com
>> www.fedcoseeds.com
>> PO Box 520
>> Waterville ME 04903
>> 207-873-7333
>> On Aug 23, 2011, at 9:21 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:
>>> I got 25 Crimson Passion from Honeyberry USA, this year,&  tho they
>>> were tiny tissue culture plants 8" high, most of them are a very
>>> vigorous 3' now after 2 1/2 months in the ground.  I'm assuming the
>>> Haskaps are tissue culture as well.
>>> I also have been really annoyed by the Haskap name until I  
>>> discovered
>>> that the word is an ancient Ainu word for the fruit, which convinced
>>> me it was a good choice of name.  Plus without "honeysuckle" in the
>>> name people's invasive plant alarms won't go off so quickly.
>>> ~mIEKAL
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