Goji blossom

Goji berries ripening

Elderberry blossoms Aug. 1, 2015

Elderberries Sept. 24. 2016 zone 3
Highbush Cranberries
Highbush Cranberries Aug. 8 2016 zone 2

Cold Hardy Fruit Trees and Products for Sale

Goji Berry Plants

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Lycium barbarum Goji (Wolfberry). The berries are reported to have a very high level of antioxidants, especially carotenoids, and can help the body adjust to stress and change.

Coming from high altitudes, the plant is hardy, easy to grow and maintain, and drought tolerant once established. Keep new plants moist until there is 6-8 inches of new growth. Then reduce watering, more for sandy soil, less often for heavy soil. Goji plants need well-drained soil with a pH of 6.8 or higher, and to be safe, should not be fertilized. Extra nitrogen may even kill them.

Like most fruit plants, they prefer full sun. Plants are large shrubs that can grow 7-10 ft tall. May want to trellis/support the long floppy stems or pruning the tips after a couple feet of growth will keep the plant shorter and thicker and produce more flowers and fruit. The numerous trumpet-shaped flowers seen in early summer develop into bright red berries by late summer. Flowering and fruiting will continue until the first heavy frost. Plants flower the year after planting with maximum fruit production in the 4th or 5th year.

USDA zone 3-10 but top branches may winterkill during severe zone 3 winters and regrow in the spring.
Plant shipped may be just a bare root - looks dead but very viable!

Plant Abundance Growing Tips
Goji in northern Minnesota videos: Fall Spring
Planting Tips video and More Info
Note that we haven't had the greatest success getting much fruit off goji in our zone/conditions. It's more of a novelty bush for us. It is common to eat the leaves in soup in Asia.

Goji Berry 4"-1' tall

Elderberry Plants

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Sambucus canadensis American Elderberry, grows 10-12 ft. tall and produces abundant dark purple berries in the fall. Our varieties (Adam II, Bob Gordon, Ranch, Wyldewood) were selected for their large berries and abundant yields. Yields are improved when two or more varieties are planted.
USDA zone 3-8. Note Wyldewood may experience winter die-back in zone 3 and regrow.
Cornell Univ info * Notes on Pruning Methods * Fotos * Recipes * Toxicity info, Survey of benefits
Elderberry presentation with handouts and class notes
Regarding Adams I and Adams II: they were both “discovered” at the same time by William Adams (hence the name) in 1915 and released in 1926. Adams II has smaller berries but they are more productive than Adams I. Adams I had greenish stems and Adams II has reddish stems. Growers in the Midwest usually chose Adams II because they are more productive and were the one that performed better in the research trials in the midwest.

Bob Gordon has the largest berries and high yield, Adams II has medium sized berries and high yield, Wyldewood is a smaller berry with sweeter taste, and Ranch is a general all-around good bush.

Elderberry Adams II 4"-1' tall
Elderberry Bob Gordon 4"-1' tall
Elderberry Ranch 4"-1' tall
Elderberry Wyldewood 4"-1' tall

We pick for you
Elderberry Any 4"-1' tall

Viking Aronia


Aronia melanocarpa Viking Aronia, grows 6 ft. tall and produces abundant dark purple berries in the fall. White blossoms adorn the glossy green leaves in the spring. Foliage turns brilliant red in the fall. Berries are very high in anti-oxidants. Zones 3-7 but exposed branches susceptible to winterkill in zone 3. More info at Iowa State, Cornell, UMaine, Harvard Arboretum. Viking needs 800 chill hours, so probably wouldn't bear fruit in zone 8 (how-far-south-can-aronia-be-grown). Finally, don't want a bush? Try grafting it onto a mountain ash!

A dry, meaty berry that ripens in the fall, it freezes/processes very nicely. Delicious alone (for those who have acquired the taste!), or make a jazzy jam with fresh Ginger, Lime zest and juice, Aronia, and Maple syrup ("Glam Jam"!). Try Blazer Farmz' wine recipe. More recipes & general info at superberries.com. Note that this berry has a mild flavor that tastes great in smoothies with dairy products that dissipates the astringency that is similar to chokeberries. Aronia has edible seeds and a tough skin that softens with cooking. In addition to the great health benefits, this berry is the easiest to harvest of all our fruit. Bushes can yield 10-14 lbs and the firm berries do not spoil on the bushes. You can leave them on until late fall. Then the clumps of berries are very easy to pick.

Viking Aronia 4-11" tall

Viking Aronia 1-2'

Kiwi Vines
How to grow kiwi: *** Growing Kiwiberries in New England ***
Cornell, U of Minn
NOTE: Leaves are not tolerant of frost. Vines will likely rebound and send out new leaves.

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Various unnamed kiwiberries

Actinidia arguta Anna (Ananasnaya) - female. Use one "Meader" as the male pollinator per up to five female "Ananasnaya".
USDA zone 4-9.

Anna female kiwi arguta 6-12" tall

Actinidia arguta Meader - male. Use one "Meader" as the male pollinator per up to five female "Anna".
USDA zone 4-9.

Meader male kiwi arguta 10-18" tall

*** Zone 3 hardy Kiwi ***

Actinidia arguta Red Beauty - female. Use one "Arctic Beauty" as the male pollinator per up to five female "Red Beauty". Other kiwi male varieties may bloom too late to pollinate Red Beauty.
USDA zone 3-9. NOTE: Leaves are not tolerant of frost but vines will likely rebound and send out new leaves.

Red Beauty kiwi 4"-1' tall

Actinidia kolomikta Arctic Beauty - male. Use one "Arctic Beauty" as the male pollinator per up to five female "Red Beauties". Other kiwi male varieties may bloom too late to pollinate Red Beauty.
USDA zone 3-9.

Arctic Beauty Kiwi 4"-1' tall (male)

Additional Links
  • How to Fertilize kiwis - gardeningknowhow.com
  • Pruning Kiwi growing up a chain link fence and T trellis - Video in English from Clematis company in Poland
  • Pruning Kiwi growing up a brick wall - Video from Rustica magazine, France
  • Pruning Kiwi growing along a low 2 wire trellis - Video from Jardiner Malin
  • GBS-Based Deconvolution of the Surviving North American Collection of Cold-Hardy Kiwifruit (Actinidia spp.) Germplasm 1/26/2017
  • Arctic Raspberry Plants

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    Rubus arcticus L. subsp. x stellarcticus Arctic Raspberry is prized for its attractive flowers and abundant, flavorful diminutive red fruit on thornless stems. Spreading by rhizomes, they are great for a ground cover in flower beds, the plants grow to a mature height of five inches tall.
    USDA zone 1-7.
    Two companion varieties are included in each order for maximum pollination (mixture of Anna, Beta). Please note just like wild strawberries, the fruit is very small.


    Arctic Raspberry 2-Pack

    Pequot Lakes Brambles

    More info: Resilient Living Video   :
    with Jim Fruth at Brambleberry
    Farm, Pequot Lakes, MN

    Pequot Lakes Black Raspberry - From northern Minnesota, but grows great in zone 2, Alaska down to zone 6!

    Pequot Lakes Black Raspberry 4-11"

    Highbush Cranberry

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    Viburnum opulus var. americana Highbush cranberry produces small white flowers which turns into bright red fruit, suitable for processing into jams and jellies. The bushes grow to a mature height of fifteen feet tall. Member of the Caprilfoliaceae (honeysuckle) family.
    Self pollinating.
    USDA zone 2-7.

    Minnesota Seasons
    Minnesota Wildflowers
    U Maine info

    Highbush Cranberry 1-2' tall

    Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens

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    Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens "is a comprehensive full-colour handbook for growing fruit in cold climates that is aimed at the home gardener. Includes a detailed map and reference guide to zones, hardiness, planting time, and best practices to ensure growth and survival. From pincherries to haskaps, tree fruits to vine fruits, and everything in between, renowned horticulturists Bob Bors and Sara Williams delve into the science of growing and maintaining fruit plants for northern gardeners." Call the University of Saskatchewan bookstore - 306-966-2904 - to place your order. Price: $39.99 + approx $21.95 shipping Canadian funds

    Cooking with Wild Berries & Fruits


    The first North American cookbook to include Sweetberry Honeysuckle!
    (a.k.a. honeyberry/haskap Lonicera caerulia L.) The picture on the cover is of a Utah serviceberry. Too many other delicious wild berries and fruits to mention here are included in this attractive, easy to follow, spiral bound collection of recipes.

    For more great books by author Teresa Marrone check out books such as Common Backyard Weeds of the Upper Midwest.

    Other favorites


    Spearhead Spades We really like the efficient design of the head and they come with a super sturdy, lightweight, long or short handle

    One Scythe Revolution - One good scythe per farm, could revolutionize small-scale farming

    Bug Bane - Mary's special mixture of essential oils keep those pests away while softening your skin.

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