Sunday, September 21, 2014

Zones 4 Minnesota - Survivor Haskap

This haskap has hardly grown over the past three years (see 2011 blog entry). Planted in rich black dirt next to a garage and just beyond the edge of a black walnut tree, we're not sure what are the most detrimental factors that have stunted the growth. Our relatives reported that the garage wall had been covered with insects this summer and they may have eaten all the leaves, but by September, new shoots were thrusting forth in an effort to make a come-back. The Berry Blue honeyberry bush planted a few feet away looked the same.
Haskap sends out new shoots in fall after a bad summer
We conclude that not all locations are ideal for haskap, but yes, the bushes do make a tremendous effort to stay alive. We did decide that after three years it was time to give the bushes a new home so brought them back to The Honeyberry FarmBernis, reporting on bushes at Albert Lea, MN

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