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  • From: John Bunker <>
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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] a little more on Haskap
  • Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 06:48:10 -0400

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
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?


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.
John Bunker
PO Box 520
Waterville ME 04903

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.


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