Boreal Series – Boreal Blizzard
With fruits averaging 2.8 grams and the largest weighing 3.9 grams, this is the largest haskap to come out of the Saskatchewan Fruit Program. There have been reports of 5 gram berries in Europe, making this one of the world’s largest haskap berries. The flavor is excellent, but should be harvested soon after the fruits are ripe. The large fruit makes for faster picking in You-Pick operations. It ripens a week after Aurora or Tundra.
If mechanically harvesting fruits, plants solid rows of varieties, but make sure Beast rows are next to Blizzard or Beauty rows.
If hand picking fruit, yields will be a bit higher if varieties are mixed within rows. Many growers are happy with a compatible pollinator plant every 4 or 5 plants (20 to 25% ratio). Beast would be the pollinator for either Blizzard or Beauty.
If one wanted mostly Blizzard production, plant a Beast every 4 or 5 plants.
If one wants mostly Beauty production, plant a Beast every 4 or 5 plants.
if one wants mostly Beast production, plant a Blizzard every 4 or 5 plants.
(Blizzard blooms earlier than beauty making it a better pollinator for Beast than Beauty)
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