Recommendations, to grow Honeyberries or Blueberries?

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WeavingGryphon

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Has anyone grown Honeyberries and how do they compare to blueberries? Tell me what you know please.
Observations, experiences, thoughts. I'd love to hear them. If anyone else has questions feel free to join in.

Here's a bit about Honeyberries according to James Mcintyre and sons (who also sell rhubarb that tastes a bit of apple!)
https://james-mcintyre.co.uk/shop/honeyberries/honeyberry-3l/

Honeyberries
are unfussy about soil types /soil pH   :D
Are from Siberia so they are very hardy down to -40C! They won't notice our winters.
virtually pest and disease free
New superfood (if your into that sort of thing)
They apparently taste of blueberries dipped in honey (what got me interested)
Fruit is very high in antioxidants and vitamin C
Retains flavour and form when frozen
Good for eating fresh, making jam/jelly and ice cream.
You need 2 to cross pollinate- good excuse for more plants.
Eventual height and spread: 1.2m (4ft). Cropping season: late May/June.

We have 2 as of yet unproductive bushes, they were got last year and survived the drought with hardly any water or attention in our abysmal soil (we've been told recently that the soil is rubbish unproductive subsoil put in after a pipe was laid so their definitely less fussy.

Blueberries
Tasty
productive
many types will be happy in NE Scotland and UK
One comes in pink (yes, Eldest child is that obsessive about pink)
Very fussy about pH, they need a pH between 4.8-5.5.

The reason I'm asking is we love blueberries, and want to grow them, rather than buy them. If you offered them to Eldest and Husband you'd lose a finger then your hand. We're replacing the soil in our plot as it's useless, but the compost comes in at pH 7.5. Now I don't believe in anything other than bulk planting, so I was thinking of about 6 plant pairs. That's a lot of compost to be mixing sulphur flowers into and doing pH tests to get it down 2.5 points. It would be easier to just grow something less fussy about the pH as I Blueberries would mean buying an expensive amount of ericaceous compost. Or a lot of wheelbarrow mixing of pH 7.5 compost and sulphur flowers and pH tests. So if they were truly comparable in taste. We would seriously consider just buying Honeyberries.

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Gardener and Rabbit

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Re: Recommendations, to grow Honeyberries or Blueberries?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 09:51 »
There's a previous discussion on this topic here:

https://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=108812.0

If you decide to grow blueberries, one method is to grow them in sunken containers filled with ericaceous compost, that way you know they've got their roots in a suitable soil but you don't have to treat the whole bed.

G&R

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WeavingGryphon

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Re: Recommendations, to grow Honeyberries or Blueberries?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2019, 13:54 »
There are several threads, but they are old and I'd rather have more recent opinions. That one you linked to is from 2013 after all. Zombie threads aren't always popular and I've seen none as of yet.



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