4 Super Fruits and How They Grow
Every few years another food is labeled a "super food" because of its high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Unlike blueberry bushes, which require acidic soil, the honeyberry plant grows in any soil.
You need two plants of different cultivars for one to pollinate the other; otherwise they will not fruit. It can be tricky finding cultivars that flower at the same time, so ask suppliers when purchasing. Plants can have a wayward habit, so prune after fruiting. Pick when the fruit is soft but leave them for two days before using to allow the flavors to develop. Honeyberry fruits the second year after planting.
This is a hardy shrub that prefers semi-shade and moist, well-drained soil. Hardy to USDA Zone 2, depending on cultivar.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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