We have some exciting news! We have more haskap varieties available than ever before, including new varieties! The plants are propagated at Floramaxx Technologies Ltd. who work in close collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan fruit program and Dr. Bob Bors.
The new varieties were created through controlled cross pollination of haskap varieties from Russia, Kuril Islands, and Japan. The new varieties are the Boreal series which include Boreal Beast, Boreal Beauty, and Boreal Blizzard. They should be planted as a set.
We believe that these new varieties will perform very well in our grow zone, as they bloom later than previous U of S varieties. We will be planting some of each in our nursery in the Spring of 2017. We will be paying close attention to them to monitor their performance, growth and productivity.
Also available are the more well known varieties such as Aurora, Borealis, Honeybee, Indigo Gem, Indigo Treat, Indigo Yum, and Tundra. Our first orchard was planted with Indigo Gem, Tundra, and Berry Blue and they have done very well to date. We want to experiment with different varieties to determine the best varieties for our climate.
The plant plugs come in trays of 32, one variety per tray. The plug size is 2.5″ X 2.5″ X 3.5″. The orders need to be based on 32 plants per variety. It is preferred that orders are placed 6-8 months in advance for shipping in early Spring or Fall. Plants are well rooted and disease free.
We also have larger haskap plants available direct from our nursery.
There are also a number of new varieties from the U of S fruit program that are currently undergoing trials. We expect to see more additions to the Boreal series at a later date.