Why did we become interested in the cultivation of haskap berries on commercial plantations?

What conditions do we grow honeysuckle on our plantation?

How did we prepare the soil for the plantation?



How did we plant the plants and what varieties did we choose?


From 2015 to 2018 the following Blue Honeysuckle varieties were cultivated on our plantation:


Due to some adverse environmental conditions in our area, after the initial years of observations, in the summer of 2019 the following Haskap varieties were eradicated from the plantation: 

The best promising cultivars, which fully adapted to our conditions, were planted in their place.

Our observations

Our Blue Honeysuckle plantation has been under close observations, and the following parameters of their bushes and fruits are recorded:

Detailed results of most of the above mentioned observations and studies are available at www.in-vitro.pl or on request in Plantin’s offices.


The most important data obtained in the past few years are presented in Tables:

 Table 1 – shows those varieties which proved best in our conditions


 Table 2 – focuses on prospective and extremely promising varieties


Table 3 – contains the results of studies on the first plantings of Canadian varieties and selection forms from the University of Saskatchewan

Our conclusions

  1. As for the fruit flavour, the highest grades were awarded to the following cultivars: ‘Vostorg’, ‘Jugana’, ‘Sinij Utios’, ‘Boreal Blizzard’, ‘Aurora’, ‘Usłada’, ‘Lawina’.



2. As for suitability for mechanical harvesting the fruits of average size, short, barrel-like or spherical turned out to be the best and the grading order was the following: ‘Aurora’, ‘Vostorg’, ‘Honeybee’, ‘Boreal Beauty’, ‘Uslada’, ‘Lawina’, ‘Sinij Uties’ and the two clones.
3. Out of three Haskap berry harvesting machines, Oxbo 9300 harvester took the first place.

Meeting the challenge of mechanical harvesting of fruits for the fresh fruit market is probably the most important task of the Blue Honeysuckle growers since when overcome it will probably decide about the popularity of the Blue Honeysuckle berries with their consumers and growers.



4. The following varieties: ‘Aurora’, ‘Boreal Beauty’, ‘Lawina’, ‘Usłada’ boasted the most firm flesh.

5. The most yielding were: ‘Boreal Beauty’, ‘Boreal Blizzard’, ‘Aurora’, ‘Vostorg’ and the two selective forms (clones) from the University of Saskatchewan.

6. The healthiest, and especially resistant to the summer sun burns and subsequent dying out of leaves, proved to be: ‘Aurora’, ‘Honeybee’, ‘Boreal Beauty’, ‘Boreal Beast’, ‘Borela Blizzard’, ‘Sinij Uties’, ‘Jugana’.

7. The autumnal flowering does not or scarcely occurs in our region and no effects of its occurrence on the next year cropping have been discovered so far. However, if it prevails, then – in our opinion – it is rather connected with some cultivation mistakes which can be prevented.


Observations of the Blue Honeysuckle varieties in our nursery in the south of Poland are continued. I have presented the results and conclusions from the past few years and I am fully aware that it was a rather short research period. We also have some preliminary results of our observations of some new Blue Honeysuckle varieties. They will not to be published for now since the period of observations was too short to draw general conclusions. With each year the effects of our studies are more complete and I hope they will help choose the right Blue Honeysuckle cultivars and grow them on plantations.

Tadeusz Kusibab