Tundra is considered to be the best cultivar for the commercial grower. The fruits have the excellent firmness with a small dry stem scar, and can be harvested mechanically with a blueberry harvester. The fruits are large compared to other cultivars with the average fruit weighing 1.5 grams, similar to a medium size blueberry. The firm fruits will melt as they are eaten and are highly aromatic, black raspberry sweetness with a blueberry tang. The fruits shape, light blue color, and size are very attractive for fresh markets and well suited for quick frozen for the process markets. Zones: 3-7
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Why Buy From Indiana Berry
Native to Eastern Siberia and Japan, this attractive small shrub is a highly valued fruiting plant in its native range. A unique member of the Honeysuckle family, it produces very early ripening tasty berries (Before Strawberries) about the size, flavor, and color of wild blueberries. Hardy to -40 degrees and is very easy to grow with no pest or disease problems. Plant 4'-5' apart. Like blueberries, Honeyberry shrubs have shallow root systems, so benefit from a good layer of mulch. Honeyberries thrive in and actually prefer partial shade - particularly in southern regions. They can tolerate more sun in northern climates.
Selecting Planting Site
Most honeyberries required two similar blooming periods for pollination. Honeyberries and their pollen partners should be planted nearby within 50 feet of one another for adequate cross-pollination to occur. Honeyberries can be planted in partial shade or full sun (full sun is at least 6-8 hours during the growing season). Honeyberries seem to bear best in sun in the North, needs some protection from sun in the South. Planting honeyberries on a location that receives instance direct full sun during hot summer months can inure you plant. Honeyberries can be planted in most soils with a wide range of pH levels of 5-8. Plants may perform better in clay soils than sandy soils.
How to Plant
Honeyberries should be planted 5' to 7' in between the rows and 4' to 5' in between each plant. The planting hole should be large enough to accommodate the root system with ease. Spread the roots, cover with soil and tamp well. Water plants thoroughly. Honeyberries have a shallow root system so they can dry out quickly. Make sure to keep them watered during dry conditions. Plants can grow 3-8 feet in height. Honeyberries will ripe early in the season. When harvesting them they are more like blueberries, try not to squeeze the fruit and avoid harvesting them when not fully ripe.
Optimal fertilization is 3 times per year. Early spring, May and October. Poor vigor and leaf discoloration often indicate lack of fertilizer.
Honeyberry requires very little of pruning. Every 2 to 3 years. (in early spring before growth begins), remove damaged, dead, and diseased wood. Pruning new bushes is necessary only to remove any dead or dying parts of branches. After the fifth year, prune the bushes annually to keep 4-6 vigorous older stems and 1-2 strong new shoots. Avoid cutting off the tops of shoots as that is where the maximum number of flower buds are. New shoots will grow and replace older stems, which keeps the fruiting cycle going. Honeyberries plants like about 1 to 2 inches of water per week to help root growth.
Fruit is produced on one-year-old wood. The largest berries are produced on the most vigorous wood, so a good supply of strong, one-year-old wood is desirable.
Honeyberries can start producing one year after planting and a well maintained plant can continue producing up to 30 years.
Honeyberries are famous for fruiting before strawberries.
We are dedicated to shipping your plants the fastest, most economical way possible. It is important that your plants not sit in a warehouse over a week-end. Orders shipping to western states are typically shipped on Mondays for Friday delivery. Indiana orders are typically shipped on Thursdays for Friday delivery. Remaining states are shipped on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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We currently ship within the U.S. using UPS Ground, 3-Day Select, 2-Day or Next Day Air. For UPS ground service, the minimum shipping charge is $10.00.
Expedited Shipping: Unless you have a specific need to ship quickly, it is not necessary to choose expedited shipping. The majority of our plant orders ship UPS Ground or Priority Mail and arrive by the end of the week they are shipped in terrific shape, ready for planting.
Special Note for Alaska: All Alaska orders are shipped Priority Mail. Shipping cost depends on number of boxes and total weight, which we do not know until your order is packed. Therefore, your credit card will be charged two different times. Once at time of order for merchandise only and again at time of shipping for shipping costs only. If you want to be notified with the shipping cost prior to your card being charged please make a note in the comments section. Keep in mind this will delay your shipment if we are unable to reach you.