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OTHER SMALL FRUIT PLANTS
Note: The plants that are listed below are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the plants we currently offer in our our Retail and Wholesale stores.

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Gooseberries | index

Jahns Prairie (Ribes oxyacanthoides) – Otto L. Jahn discovered this wild selection in Alberta, Canada. The plants are high yielding with reddish-pink fruits. Ripening season is mid season extending to late season. Besides being resistant to mildew and gray mold the plants are very cold tolerant. USDA zones 3-8.

Click for larger viewHinnonmaki Red (Ribes spp.) – The plants produce high yields of light purple fruits of good quality and flavor. They show some resistance to mildew. USDA zones 4-8.

Catherina (Ribes spp.) – The fruits are medium size and are flavorful, with good firmness. The plants have good resistance to mildew and other fungal diseases. USDA zones 4-8.

Black Velvet (Ribes hybrid) – The Champaign of Gooseberries.  The deep purple fruits are the size of seedless grapes.  They are very vigorous in growth.  Flavor is very good to excellent when vine-ripened.  Black Velvet has won awards for its superb qualities. USDA zones 4-8.

Captivator (Ribes spp.) &Mac246; The plants are almost thorn-free and resistant to mildew and leaf spots.  When the fruits ripen in mid season they have a purplish-pink skin with good flavor. USDA zones 4-8.

For optimum yields and ease of harvest, Gooseberries are best to be grown on a simple trellis.


Currants & Jostaberry | index

Jonkeer Van Tets (Ribes spp) – This poplar red currant originated in Holland in 1941 and is still the leading cultivar used for production in Europe. The fruits are bright red, large and easily harvested. This currant ripens early in the season. USDA zones 4-8.

Jostaberry (Ribes spp.) – Jostaberry is a hybrid of Black Currant and Gooseberry. The black fruits are ripe in mid July in Southwest Michigan. The flavor resembles a black currant. These plants are very vigorous and yields are high. USDA zones 4-8.

Currants and Jostaberry are best grown on a simple trellis for highest yields.


Arctic Kiwis | index

Wholesale & Retail StoresRetail StoreWholesale StoreThe Arctic Kiwi is THE FRUIT OF THE FUTURE. Fruits are now being marketed and sold in produce stores. It has been accepted in the marketplace and the demand will be growing in the very near future for the small delicious fruits.

These plants have been tested in New Hampshire and upper New York State where they survived 25°F below zero temperatures! Kiwi plants are attractive growers that require a sunny location, preferably with wind protection. They can be grown in different types of soils; however, the soil must be well drained. The vines take very little maintenance-just pruning and support to hold about 100 lbs. of fruit for a mature plant. Plant 10 to 20 ft. apart.

Kiwi plants are very pretty when used to cover a wall or fence or used in landscape design. The fruit is very high in Vitamin C and its use in recipes is endless. The hardy Kiwis ripen in mid to late September. Growing instructions included with each order.

An assortment of Kiwis is described in our catalog.


Bush Cherries (Prunus japonica x P.jacquemontii) | index
Origin - Elwyn Meader, Durham, New Hampshire

Bush Cherries were hybridized and developed by the late Elwyn Meader of Durham, New Hampshire. Dr. Meader wanted a Montmorency type cherry that would ripen late in the summer season to escape spring frosts. Bird damage was another reason for late ripening cherries, because birds do not normally consume red fruits in the late summer. By having ripe cherries late in the season another market is created for the grower. Sales of cherries now have two seasons.

Can you imagine, our varieties are only 4 ft. high? Two varieties are needed for pollination. We recommend the Joel Bush, the Joy Bush and the Jan Bush.

Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea - majus) | index

Lingonberries are related to the blueberry and cranberry. The plants are native in most parts of the United States and Canada. The plants, as they grow, have many branches sprouting from the base and are stoliniferous. Plant height is approx. 12"-18" at maturity and spreading to a width of 18". Leaves are 1/4" long, shiny and dark green. Flowers are plentiful and white in color. Green fruits form, and as they ripen they turn a bright red. This makes a beautiful ornamental as well as an important nutritious fruit crop. The fruits are used in preserves, fruit dishes and pastries.

Lingonberries have been an important crop for the Scandinavian countries for many years. Fruits are very good nutritionally and are flavorful. It has good potential as a fruit crop in the United States and Canada, as well as other parts of the world.

Plant spacing for Lingonberries should be 12" - 18" in row spacing and 3' - 4' aisle spacing. The plants will grow together in the row to make a solid 12" - 18" tall hedge with aisles wide enough for equipment.

Our Great-Grandfather John Hansen Kolberg immigrated from Norway. Maybe that's why we love lingonberries. Our cousins in Norway grow and make wonderful jams and jellies from their backyard lingonberries.

The following cultivars are available: Erntestegen, Koralle and Red Pearl from Germany; Sana and Susi from Sweden; and Regal from the University of Wisconsin.



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