Lonicera Yezberry® Solo™ Description
The dream of having your own plant full of sweet, delicious fruit is just a click away! Yezberry Solo Japanese haskap (Lonicera caerulea) is a truly easy-to-grow, truly delicious fruiting shrub. One of the very first things to bloom in spring, the tubular yellow flowers sustain pollinators when little else is available. They soon develop into green berries, which turn blue as they ripen in summer. There's no special soil, pruning, spraying, or know-how required to grow them!
How do the berries taste? A bit like a cross between a raspberry and a blueberry, though they aren't related to either of those notoriously-finicky-to-grow plants. They have the sweetness of a raspberry with a hint of pleasant tartness. We also love that the skin kind of dissolves when you eat them - it doesn't come off and stick to your teeth like a blueberry does. The seeds are tiny but don't get stuck in your teeth like raspberries. They are delicious and definitely worth growing!
Note: Yezberry Solo haskap will set fruit, even without a pollinator nearby. However, it will set more fruit, and bigger fruit, if another of the other Yezberry varieties is planted within 50'. Plus, both plants will get fruit!
Special features: edible, Proven Winners, deer resistant.
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- Botanical name: Lonicera caerulea 'Kapu'
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- Sun exposure:
Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day).
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Any well-drained soil.
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- Height x width:
5-6' x 5-6'
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Edible, deer resistant.
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Soil: Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
Water: Average. For best fruit quality, plants should not experience water stress - either too much or too little - from bloom time through harvest.
Space: Spacing 3-4', plant any two Yezberry® haskaps within 25' of one another for best fruit to set.
Fertilizing: Little needed. If desired, fertilize in early spring, once the ground has thawed, with a granular rose fertilizer.
Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended.
Maintenance: Plants should not be pruned until they have spent 3 years in ground and then immediately after harvest ONLY. HARVESTING -berries begin to ripen in early summer, around the same time as strawberries. They turn dark blue before they have reached peak sweetness, so taste a berry for flavor before proceeding with harvest. If not sweet enough, wait a few more days.
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