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'Lonicera' Borealis Honeyberry (Haskap) General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: In spring, check the Borealis Honeyberry bushes for any winter damage and prune out any dead or damaged branches to promote healthy new growth. Apply a balanced fertilizer around the base of the plants to provide essential nutrients for vigorous growth and fruit production. Water the plants deeply to ensure the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during dry spells.
Summer: During the summer months, continue to water the Borealis Honeyberry bushes regularly, especially during periods of hot and dry weather. Mulch around the base of the plants with organic material such as wood chips or straw to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. These berries are relatively pest and disease-resistant, but monitor for common issues like aphids or powdery mildew, and address them promptly if detected.
Fall: As fall approaches, gradually reduce watering as the plants prepare for dormancy. After the final harvest, prune out any spent or damaged branches to maintain an open and healthy plant structure. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to protect the roots from freezing temperatures and conserve soil moisture over the winter months.
Winter: Borealis Honeyberry bushes are generally cold-hardy, but providing extra protection with a layer of mulch around the base of the plants can help insulate the roots during extreme cold snaps. Avoid heavy pruning during the winter months, as this can stimulate new growth that may be susceptible to frost damage. Instead, wait until early spring to assess any winter damage and prune accordingly.
Tips: Borealis Honeyberries are prized for their sweet and tangy flavor, making them a delightful addition to any garden. They prefer well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. These berries are self-fertile but will produce higher yields if planted with another variety for cross-pollination. Enjoy harvesting the flavorful berries in early summer and consider using them fresh or in jams, jellies, or baked goods. With proper care, Borealis Honeyberries can provide a bountiful harvest for years to come.