Maxine Thompson’s Haskaps

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Dr. Maxine Thompson, professor emeritus from the department of horticulture at Oregon State University, is one of the foremost expert on Haskaps in the United States. She operates an active breeding program in the United States to develop varieties suitable for the western American climate.

Mid Harvesting varieties –

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Late Harvesting varieties –

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Very Late Harvesting varieties –

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Creator of the North American Haskap industry

Dr. Maxine Thompson, professor emeritus from the department of horticulture at Oregon State University, is one of the foremost expert on Haskaps in the United States. She operates an active breeding program in the United States to develop varieties suitable for the western American climate. She received a BSC and Ph.D. from the University of California Davis. Her research focuses on the development of cultivars suited for home garden and commercial farm use.

Her peers recognised her with the Frank M. Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources – 1997 and the Wilder Medal – American Pomological Society – 2002.

Her varieties originate from northern Japan and tend to ripen in some cases 3 to 4 weeks later than the Russian varieties. However, this depends on the climatic region where the plants are grown. She has worked extensively with and developed numerous cultivars from, this species focusing her efforts on improving the best Japanese traits including later blooming, larger rounder or more oval fruits with uniform ripening, and better more upright growth habits. Because of their strong Japanese heritage we refer to her varieties as Haskap rather than Honeyberries.

The University of Saskatchewan owes its entire collection of Japanese Haskap to Dr. Maxine Thompson at Oregon State University.

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In the tables below, we have listed the key variables to allow you to choose the right varieties to combine. The basic rule is the larger the ‘plant mass’, the greater number of berries. However, please remember the highest producers do not always produce the tastiest berries. In many cases the smaller yielders (Honey Gin) or tarter tasting cultivars (Happy Giant) allow you to improve your ‘Honeyberry Blend’ for its intended use.

Please remember plant inter-row spacing is critical for the health of the plant. If you plant Happy Giant or Aurora on two or three feet row spacing. It is very unlikely you will end up with a healthy plant or the stated yield. For example, the natural plant mass of Happy Giant is 150 cubic feet (Height x Width x Depth). If you planted it o a two-foot spacing, you would reduce its plant mass to 60 cubic feet and reduce its yield to about four pounds per plant. So your plant spacing strategy is planting disappointment.

In general, Honeyberries are ripe to harvest on a Brix of 15 and higher. The newer sweeter variety’s Brix continues to rise and in many cases, these, when grown under the suitable and luxury conditions, can achieve Brix in the low to mid-twenties.

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Maxine Thompson’s Haskaps

Maxine Thompson’s varieties

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LoveHoneyberry

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 most regions in the world, where the plants can thrive.

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