|Borealis blossoms, May 12, 2014 |
(planted spring 2012)
|Same Borealis bush June 3, 2014|
It has been a very cold/late spring in Maine and many of my thornless blackberries and even red raspberries experienced moderate to severe winter die back.... Haskaps loved it! and I also believe around 95% of the flowers put out were pollinated thanks to mr bumble bee!
|Tundra blossoms May 12, 2014|
|Same Tundra bush June 3, 2014|
I was worried the interior of my plants would remain un-pollinated due to how thick they are but the bumble bees would just land on the plants and walk their way through the plants from flower to flower (average time a bumble bee would spend on each bush was well over 2 minutes) then just fly to the next haskap plant in the row, ignoring all other flowers in-between in the process. At one point I had a highway of bumble bees going up and down my haskap row.
|June 3, 2014 Haskap berries|
The first 2 years the deer really ate all 6 of them back heavily during the fall, this is why I think why the Tundra plants I have seem just as bushy as the Borealis. (Editor's note: Borealis and Tundra are difficult to distinguish the first couple of years anyways, but as they mature, Tundra is significantly more open and sprawling, while Borealis forms a dense dome of branches and leaves. Deer or rabbit pruning does encourage more shoots from the roots. Whether this is recommended in the long term, we don't know, as it takes awhile for the bush to catch up to its unpruned state. Borealis seems bushy enough as it is, while maybe it is beneficial to Tundra to encourage more shoots from the roots.)
|Berry Smart Blue fall 2013|
(Planted spring 2012)
Brian, coastal Maine