Berries Unlimited Honeyberry Plants


#1

I ordered a few honeyberry plants and two blueberries from Berries Unlimited and just received them and wanted to share my experience. I got a Honey Gin, Blue Banana, Giants Heart, and Blue Treasure. The blueberries looked good, but the honeyberries looked really bad. I know Honeyberries look bad when they go dormant. All of them looked really small and didn’t have a lot of roots, even though they were in gallon pots. I know Derek posted a similar experience last year: Late season Honeyberries for sale now at Honeyberry USA.

They were also shipped poorly. The plants were scattered around the box with some limbs broken and dirt was all over the box. I did call and they said they would replace any plants that don’t make it through next year, but it’s just a bit disappointing considering how much I paid.

I ordered two honeyberries last year from hirts and they were nicely shipped and had similar root mass, but were in much small containers and were a lot cheaper.

Hopefully these honeyberries are as good as they were described, but we’ll see how they make it. I’m going to plant them out now and wish for the best. I will update in the spring with how these plants are doing.


#2

Those are definitely larger than the 12cm pot plants but they dont look great, probably would have been better shipped bare root for you to replant. I havent read any rave reviews on BU varieties and honestly I dont expect as much from them as I do from U of S, who are much more transparent in their development/research of these plants. I bought a few to try, hope for the best but dont expect too much would be my suggestion. In the next few years we should start getting some unbiased owner reviews to help us evaluate these, so be sure to keep posting your results. There is a russian video showing some of the plants over there that look very impressive, I think Lydia got a lot of the BU genetics directly from Russia…
Here is a picture of the plants I got this spring


And here is a pic I took last week of the Blue Jewel, it grew almost 3’ straight up in a tree tube this summer!


The other two grew some, but didnt look healthy so I dug them up about a month ago and put them in a pot. The soil where these were planted was fairly heavily supplemented with organic fertilizer which was tilled in this spring and I think it may have been to ‘hot’ for them. Moving them to a new location for next year.
To encourage bushier growth it may be good to top them every 3-4 nodes of new growth earlier in the year, Im going to see what happens to this long/tall plant next year I guess, it will probably fall over unsupported…


#3

Mine were small too, and didn’t do much, but these are tough plants, they should be fine if I can get them through the winter.


#4

Just think how boring gardening would be if all you had to do is poke the plant in the ground and it always grew perfectly! The challenge of nurturing the plants is what inspires many of us, just as trying to produce new varieties when there are already hundreds out there.


#5

LOL! Good!


#6

my indigo treat and tundra from harttmanns came in the same rough shape coved in powdery mildew! i didn’t think they would make it but they did and put on a little growth this summer as well as a few berries. next year they should take right off!


#7

That’s what I’m hoping will happen in the spring. Luckily they were very nice when I called and said they would replace any plants that didn’t come up in the spring. I’m excited to try some of these varieties or any variety for that matter. I haven’t even tried a honeyberry yet, but I already have like 8 varieties. I know I will like them regardless, but I’m hoping some of these BU varieties are mostly sweet and less tart, so that the wife and kids will eat them.


#8

This was the first year I got much of a harvest, both from Indigo Gem and Honey Bee. My wife likes the IG better than my blueberries. Not sure Id go that far, but they are pretty good.


#9

I had the exact same experience twice with BU. The replacements I was sent didn’t make it (I have 300+ honeyberries in my orchard). They may have great commercial varieties, but seriously need to address shipping issues. I’ll stick with Honeyberry USA.


#10

they definitely have a ‘‘richer’’ taste than blueberries. i like to eat them in yogurt or sprinkle with a little sugar and some milk, like eating strawberries. i got a couple small bowlfuls off indigo gem / treat. and a handful off aurora. they are on their 4th and 2nd years.