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!

Goji in northern Minnesota videos: Fall Spring
Planting Tips video and More Info

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, Johns) 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

8-18" tall

Viking Aronia

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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 3-8 but exposed branches susceptible to winterkill in zone 3. More info at Iowa State and Cornell.

A dry, meaty berry that ripens in the fall, it freezes/processes very nicely. Delicious alone, or make a jazzy jam with fresh Ginger, Lime zest and juice, Aronia, and Maple syrup ("Glam Jam"!)

1-year-old plants


2-year-old plants

Kiwi Vines
How to grow kiwi: Cornell, U of Minn

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Actinidia kolomikta Red Beauty - female. 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. NOTE: Leaves are not tolerant of frost. Vines will likely rebound and send out new leaves.

6-10" tall

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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.

6-10"


Additional Links
  • 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.
    Plants shipped in 2.5" pots. Two companion varieties are included in each order for maximum pollination (mixture of Anna, Beta, Sophia, Valentina). Please note just like wild strawberries, the fruit is very small.

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    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.
    Self pollinating.
    USDA zone 2-7.

    More info.

    12-24" tall


    Cooking with Wild Berries & Fruits
    Cookbook

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    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 Northern Trails Press.

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