Haskap conditions

We got some gardening done today, and in the process I made a point of seeing how the haskap bushes are doing.

The male haskap is leafing out very enthusiastically! It’s looking very healthy.

The female…

… is struggling. I couldn’t even get the camera to focus on those skinny little branches. It is still alive and leafing out, though, which is so much more than we expected, after seeing its condition last fall.

(The greenery popping out of the mulch in the background are flowers my mother had planted here; they grow quite tall and have bright yellow flowers. I have no idea what they are called.)

Normally, based on what I’ve read, the haskap would start producing in their second year, which would be this year. I doubt we will get any berries this year at all, though, as the female recovers from whatever almost killed it off last year. It had been doing so well, too!

If I get a chance, I will pick up another female this year. We can get up to 2 more, before we have to pick up another male, based on what I’ve read.

All part of our gradual plan to have lots of food bearing trees and bushes, that can survive our Zone 3 climate. 🙂

The Re-Farmer

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