How to Grow the Honeyberry or Haskap
Honey Berries or Haskaps - How to Grow the Newest Earliest Fruit
Haskaps / Honey berries were developed from the Honeysuckle plant. Honeysuckles have always had small edible fruit, just not very flavorful or of a size worth picking. Through some considerable effort breeders have naturally crossed varieties until a new larger tastier fruit resulted.
I just love to find new and different things for my family to enjoy and these are a favorite. They rarely even make it to the house but are enjoyed in the yard.
They are very tasty - like a cross between a blueberry and a raspberry. In size, they look like a double long blueberry. Their fruit appears in early June, even before strawberries are ready Enjoy!
Honey Berry / Haskap Blossom - The flowers are very small, perhaps an inch long
In general, haskaps are very easy to grow and require very little care. However, if you want fruit (and why else plant them) you will need at least two plants. They must be of different varieties - one should be a pollinator variety such as Indigo Gem. This does not mean that the pollinator plant won't get fruit - they are just slightly smaller
Haskaps do not need pruning other than to keep them contained to where you want them.
The bushes are very attractive and make a very nice informal hedge; although for pollination it is better to plant in a square pattern.
How to Plant Your Honey Berries / Haskaps
- Obtain good healthy plants - from a nursery or on-line. Look for nice healthy leaves, not brittle or wilted. The root ball should be damp so poke your finger into the soil and feel it.
- Soak your new plant - leave it for a couple of hours in a bucket of water so the soil is very wet.
- Dig a hole that is twice as big as the root ball.
- Prepare the hole by filling it with water to make sure the area is wet. Put compost and soil in the hole, Make sure they are wet as well. Bring up the level so that when you put the plant in, it will be ust slightly lower than the surrounding soil.
- Wait to plant until it is evening or a cloudy day - it is easier on the plant.
- Remove the plant from the pot and place in the hole. Position if firmly, wiggling it into place.
- Pack soil in around the root ball and tamp down.
- Water the whole area well and every couple of days for the first few weeks. After that, water once a week or so.
- Fertilize lightly with an organic dry fertilizer about a month after planting and every fall