Haskap will develop fruit on plants the spring following planting. In better quality soils, plants will quickly develop large branches and numerous berries. Actual yield and berry size varies by variety. After 6 years experimenting with improved production techniques, Phytocultures has shown yields of up to 2 kgs per plant. Our breeding efforts focus on berry taste, berry yield and berry qualities that recognize berries must be amenable for mechanical harvesting under mid summer conditions.
For most Northern regions of Canada and the US, berries will mature during the later part of June or early July. Berries will turn blue long before they attain their delicious tangy-sweet flavour, so it is recommended berry ripeness be determined by variety as a measure of Brix of a number of berry samples collected through the field.
Haskap can be harvested by hand, by shaking the plant (i.e., catching berries on a sheet or umbrella), or by using mechanical harvesters.Existing technologies and equipment for crops such as highbush blueberries, raspberries, and black currants can be transferred to Haskap crops. Phytocultures has conducted mechanical harvesting trials where equipment simulating raised bed berry production methods have adapted for Haskap harvesting.
Haskap will develop a small amount of fruit the spring following planting. In better quality soils, bushes will quickly develop large branches and numerous berries. Note that it will take 3 to 5 years of growth before substantial yields are accumulated from bushes.
Phytocultures is collecting data on our test plots to confirm projected yields of our varieties. If properly managed, Haskap plants may stay in production well beyond a 10-15 year time frame.