Best Honeyberry Variety?

Good Morning, having just returned from an excellent Honeyberry tour of Scotland and Germany. I though tI would report back on the most frequent topic of conversation- “What is the most desirable or must variety that I should grow? I want to grow the best tasting and highest productive ones.” So what is the best Honeyberry variety? How long is a piece of string?

In our opinion, this question is impossible to answer without further information regarding the grower’s location or terroir and intended use of the berries. You would not plant the best white grape varieties if you planned to make red white! We are also of the opinion that, Honeyberry varieties are best eaten blended together, to give a fuller ‘Wild’ flavoursome and delicious taste. Do you prefer the taste of wild or high bush blueberries?

Best Honeyberry Variety?

Best Honeyberry Variety?

We believe there is no ‘Miracle Honeyberry cultivar’ just as there is no ‘Must Have Grape variety’. So it’s not about Blue Banana versus Aurora. It’s about asking the question “Is Aurora the correct companion plant for Blue Banana regarding Harvesting group and flavour?” So there may be no ideal or perfect cultivars, there are sought after varieties to plant together to produce your perfect selected Honeyberry taste and to ensure its stated yield.

If you are looking to process your berries for culinary products, Tarter or Sweet/Tarter varieties should be selected to blend. If you are seeking to produce wine, Sweeter/flavoursome and higher Brix varieties are preferred. At LoveHoneyberry we want to empower you to be able to answer this question by combining two or three types per each harvesting and the flavouring group that suit your end use. Remember you are not growing berries, you are cultivating ‘Bottles of Wine or Bags of Frozen Berries’.

Best Honeyberry Variety?

Best Honeyberry Variety?

Choosing the correct blend of varieties for your orchard is such an individual process. Other websites, books or seminars may recommend similar or different types of Honeyberries. It does not mean that one source is better than the others or that their philosophy is superior. Just different, that is all. What works for you is fine and what does not function for you will work for some else. The key to your Honeyberry learning is the direction, not the speed. Sadly we are not a patient species at times.

Regarding the perfect Honeyberry yield, there is also a mass of distracting information in the real and cyber world. In our opinion, an average healthy Honeyberry plant will give you 8 to 10 pounds. Although some do give you 10 pounds plus, we encourage growers to be conservative and model for about 8 pounds a plant (equates to about 4 tonnes an acre).

Many farmers fail to hit this target, and the common reasons for this are as follows –

1. Incorrect row spacing. One to two feet rather than four feet.

2. Varieties that are suitable for mechanical harvesting

3. Older or Smaller Honeyberry cultivars (sized four by four feet)

4. The most common cause, as in most soft-fruit orchards, is poor soil and plant health. If someone is complaining about poor yields, ask them if they have carried out seasonable leaf and soil tests. The standard answer is no, and hence this is the source of their problem and not the plant.

If you want Honeyberry yields that do not disappoint. You need to improve and monitor your orchard’s fertility to allow you to grow high yielding, dense nutrient Honeyberries with sweeter flavours and longer shelf life. Leaf and soil tests will enable you to determine the ongoing needs of your plants.

Be Honeyberry Well,

Logie J Cassells

LoveHoneyberry Inc.,
36 Collins Grove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2W 4E6.
and
17 Market Street, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9NS

email: logie@lovehoneyberry.com
phone: 902 209 6829

Best Honeyberry Variety?

Best Honeyberry Variety?

LoveHoneyberry – It’s about helping You

Our commitment at LoveHoneyberry is to enable you, to quickly establish a profitable Honeyberry orchard, by eliminating many of the high start-up and ongoing errors associated with a new fruit.

We are very passionate about the opportunities that Honeyberries offers growers (in particular organic) and encourage you to see these initial Honeyberry plant ordering costs as only a fraction of the lifetime revenue potential from fresh or frozen berry sales or Honeyberry value added products. We can ship Honeyberry or Haskap in-vitro plantlets or potted plants to you in most regions in the world, where the plants can thrive.

Our commitment does not disappear once we have sold you plants. Our passion is to help you improve your orchard’s soil fertility to allow you to grow high yielding, nutrient dense Honeyberries with sweeter and deeper flavours, and longer shelf life. You can implement our nutrient strategies by including our core recommended products into your current programs.

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