[NAFEX] a little more on Haskap

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Fri Aug 26 16:24:15 EDT 2011


Thanks, that was VERY interesting and informative.

-matt

On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 8:31 AM, Kristine Naess <
kristine.naess at lesbuissons.qc.ca> wrote:

> Here's a little something more on haskap pollination.
>
> http://www.fruit.usask.ca/articles/pollinationstrategy.pdf
>   ----- Original Message -----
>  From: John Bunker
>  To: North American Fruit Explorers
>  Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 6:48 AM
>  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] a little more on Haskap
>
>
>  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
>  Fedco
>  trees at fedcoseeds.com
>  www.fedcoseeds.com
>  PO Box 520
>  Waterville ME 04903
>  207-873-7333
>
>
>
>
>  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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