Lonicera caerulea ‘Borealis’ – This cultivar produced the largest fruit in the U of Saskatchewan trials. Short, flat, boxy fruit, sweet-tart flavour and deemed ideal for the home gardener or U-Pick operations! 25 cm (10 in) plants.
- Will begin bearing fruit in 2-3 years. Birds also love the fruit, so Bird Netting is recommended
THESE PLANTS ARE SEEDLING PLUGS SO THEY SHOULD BE TRANSPLANTED DIRECTLY INTO THE GROUND.
They prefer full sun. They like a well drained soil, heavy wet soil should be avoided. Plant at least 1 m (3 ft) apart. Fertilize bi-weekly with Rose & Strawberry fertilizer (10-52-17) and Liquid Seaweed.
HARVEST: This is the first fruit crop to ripen. Berries begin to change colours in early to mid June to early July and are ripe 7 to 10 days later during a normal year. Once they become completely purple, wait a few days for them to fully ripen. A good check for ripeness is to bite one in half. If it is green inside, it is not ripe. When ripe the interior should be red. When unripe, berries are slightly bitter and may have a grass-like flavour or mild astringency .