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  • From: Sarah Kehler Ewing <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] University researchers working to perfect haskapberries for Canada (Vancouver Sun)
  • Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:35:42 -0700 (PDT)

I know they are in the honeysuckle family, but I haven't seen any signs of
them being invasive.  They all stay put right where I planted them and form
perfectly shaped nice bushes without a lick of pruning whatsoever.  I haven't
bothered to attempt propagating them (aside from growing seedlings which is
super easy and also the reason why I have 4.5 125" rows of
haskaps/honeyberries), but they sure haven't done it on their own!

I'll give you that they are tough: my first batch is planted in full grassy
turf (not lawn, think quack grass and other very tall, totally invasive,
impossible to kill, choking grass species) and while they have taken longer
to get to 4' tall, they fruit like crazy every year and the berries are not
smaller than normal=the ones planted in bare earth.  In fact, this year after
I beat back the 5' tall grass, I found that my honeyberries had much larger
berries than my friend's very nicer to pick bushes planted in bare earth.  
Granted we do have vastly different soils: but their's is #1 great for
cropping soil and mine is... well, very heavy clay that is only good for
pasture... being surrounded by cow 1/4s should have been our first warning
when we were land shopping that the soil in this area is terrible... we
really didn't need to pay $300 bucks for soil testing to find out that it has
pretty much zero of everything plants need to grow!  sigh.
zone 3
Edmonton, AB

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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.


On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Maria Schumann <> wrote:
> I got a shipment of haskaps from haskap central last year with 20%
> dead plants.  The replacements they sent were poorly packed and in bad
> shape-- but mostly survived anyway.  They are tough plants.  This year
> I bought my haskaps from honeyberry USA (they also sell Uof S
> cherries)-- around the same price and the plants were better quality.
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Can you say more about this? I have a few of a variety from either
Green World or Burnt Ridge, I no longer remember. A bunch of them
declined & died, Only one really makes fruit anymore & the fruit is
unremarkable, not sure I would describe it as having wine making
potential, almost insipid. Are you saying the U of S Haskaps are like
those? As I remember it was called "something or other" Blue.


> They are both very nice haskaps, I'm not so convinced that they are
> anything other than bigger than the old varieties, but I like them all so I
> don't really care.
> Sarah

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