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In those days he was wiser than he is now; he used to frequently take my advice.
Winston Churchill

Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Haskaps

Lonicera caerulea

haskaps

They look like a cross between a blueberry and a football. These are fairly short ones. They can be twice this length. Each year there are more varieties.


No, they aren't blueberries on steroids. Berries are 2-3 times as long as they are wide. Most of the varieties in Canada came out of the University of Saskatchewan fruit program. Taste varies wildly between cultivars. Seems that there are separate genes for sweetness, tartness, and flavours, and you can get all possible combinations in varying degrees. (Breeders have found haskaps that are totally bland -- best description "They're wet...")

You do need two varieties that bloom at the same time.

Bushes are about 3-5 feet tall. In a good year they need to be propped up. Prune in late fall after leaf drop. Support with heavy duty tomato cages, peony rings, or stake and chickenwire.

Hascaps are naturally a wetland plant, often growing in land that goes squish in spring. They like a high organic peaty soil. They tolerate temps down to -7 when blooming -- good thing, since low wet areas are subjet to cold air drainage and late frosts.

This year (2019) we have:

Borealis

Tundra

Honeybee

Aurora

Blizzard

Indigo Yum


Species
Cultivar
Container
Format
Available
(# plants)
Height
(feet)
Price
($/Plant)
Honeysuckle, Mandarin #2 Std pot (6 qt) 10 2-3 ft. $25.00

Pollination requirements.

alt

Good: Compatible pollen, and generally blooms at the same time. Ok: Compatible pollen and overlapping bloom period.
Poor: Either incompatible or marginally compatible pollen, or don't have the same blooming period. Bad: Generally will not pollenate each other.

Looking at this table, we end up with some clusters that work well:

Boreal Beauty and Boreal Beast or Blizzard and Beast. Curiously Blizzard and Beauty don't cross pollinate well. Beast flowering overlaps with both of them

Aurora, Borealis and any of the Indigo series form a cluster.

Honeybee does at least OK with everyone except Beauty.

The russians have so many members that picking two at random seems to do reasonably well. The indigo series are too closely related to pollenate each other well.

### Details of the cultivars.

Aurora: Traits ‘Aurora’

Extracts from Aurora report, USask

Leaf -- Haskap

Species
Cultivar
Container
Format
Available
(# plants)
Height
(feet)
Price
($/Plant)
Honeysuckle, Mandarin #2 Std pot (6 qt) 10 2-3 ft. $25.00

**Boreal Beast.

Extracts from paper at USask


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