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Moreberry® Firstberry®: two firstberries in one pot that help pollinate one another Moreberry®

Firstberry® Blue Moon and Firstberry® Blue Sea, Lonicera caerulea

Moreberry® Firstberry®: two firstberries in one pot that help pollinate one another Moreberry®
 
 
 

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Product information "Moreberry® Firstberry®: two firstberries in one pot that help pollinate one another Moreberry®"

The moreberry firstberries (sometimes also called Siberian blueberries, blue-berried honeysuckle or honeyberries) is already almost a tongue twister. But the name actually really only shows how to plant firstberries®, the fruit-bearing Lonicera caerulea: namely together! All firstberry® varieties are non-self-fertile; a single plant will not bear fruit without cross-pollination, without another variety (not a second copy of the same variety!!!)!
 
And so of course, it makes more sense that we also offer a firstberry® duo in the moreberry® series: Blue Sea and Blue Moon. These two varieties mature in early June and are thus somewhat later than most other blue-berried honeysuckles or honeyberry varieties on the market, however they have a distinct advantage: they have flawless, actually very beautiful and decorative, blue-grey foliage in late autumn. The reason for this is that the ancestors of these varieties have a very different, namely Japanese genetic background than the other, usually Russian or Eastern European varieties, which are all already unsightly after the harvest.
 
The new firstberries with Japanese ancestry have one more advantage: they taste better. This is actually also quite clear due to the fact that they ripen later and have more time and more sun to form sugar and flavour; it is therefore hardly surprising that the taste is a lot fruitier than the Russian or Eastern European varieties. Many compare firstberries with blueberries – one can argue for a long time whether this is really justified. But maybe it does make sense to admit that generally a good blueberry variety like Blueroma or Blue Dessert clearly tastes better than a firstberry. But the new varieties are catching up and have the advantage, when compared to blueberries, that they can be easily grown in any garden soil, even if it is rich in lime.
Here are the advantages of the firstberry® moreberries:
 
• Early maturity; they are the first berries of the season
• Can be planted in any soil and do not need a bog bed
• The problem with pollination is solved due to the moreberries – and early flying bees have a first, high-yielding pasture
• Thanks to the new firstberry varieties, there are beautifully coloured leaves until autumn
 
In the form of moreberries, the firstberries® Blue Moon and Blue Sea also grow very compact and round, although more broad than high. If they are somewhat limited laterally, it would also be possible to grow them as a low hedge. In smaller gardens we see them alongside other, rather low growing berries, e.g. in strawberry patches, in which children snack from. Or why not in a groundcover planting, e.g. with Vinca as an enigmatic renegade, which then has typical double flowers during the flowering period and later surprises with the fresh blue berries ...when planted in a pot, the volume should be at least 30 L from the very beginning. And as I said: ordinary potting soil is sufficient!
 
Variety description for Blue Moon
The blue that appears in the description of Blue Moon as well as many other honeyberries, of course, refers primarily to the blue fruits, which also have repeatedly been touted as a substitute for huckleberries/blueberries. But if you look at the plant exactly, the blue gets yet another meaning: the leaves on the shoots of the firstberry® selections have namely a blue-grey-green colour that is very special and they can also be described as being velvety. In contrast to the Russian honeyberries, which lose most of their leaves in August and September and then look ugly in autumn, the firstberries® are still beautiful structure plants in autumn, even Blue Moon. The variety Blue Moon is our most compact variety and can be planted as a hedge: maintain a distance of 50 cm on the sides and cut to a height of about 50 cm. Just keep in mind that at least one different variety must be planted together with it, otherwise the pollination is not guaranteed.
 
Maturity: Blooms strongly in April, tends to be the latest blooming firstberry variety, matures in early to mid-June
Berries: Very large, dark blue, relatively "thick" fruit for a honeyberry (i.e. not as long), sweet and sour
Growth/health: Blue-grey-green leaves, very compact, wide-growing, approx. 60 to 90 cm high, also suitable for borders and hedges; Blue Moon is also suited as a hedge plant; it is the most compact growing firstberry variety
Yield: 2 to 4 kg per bush
Pollination: We recommend 'Blue Sea' as a pollinator; the flowering time is then overlapped the most
 
Variety description for Blue Sea
Like all of the blue honeyberries that we have selected, this variety also has a rather late flowering time, a late ripening period in early June and immaculate leaves until late autumn. The origins used in the breeding of Lonicera caerulea come either from Russia/Siberia and the Asian part of Russia or from Japan where these berries have been grown for centuries. The Japanese varieties are characterised by a less continental character and in our climate, they are clearly more profitable than the Siberian, early flowering varieties. Blue Sea was selected in Oregon (which has a maritime, not a continental climate) from Japanese Lonicera young plants and brings the properties that are important to us with it: late flowering in March and it remains dormant, even if the temperatures sometimes rise above 10°C from December until February.
 
Maturity: Blooms strongly in April, matures in June
Berries: Very large, juicy, firm texture, sweet and aromatic (note: only harvest if flesh is purple-coloured)
Growth/health: fine, velvety dark green foliage, compact, rather broad habit; a beautiful garden shrub, even in autumn thanks to the dark green leaves, 60 to 90 cm high, 100 cm wide
Yield: Very productive, 2-4 kg per bush, usually in the first and for sure 2nd year after planting
Pollination: Other late-flowering varieties as pollinators are necessary; we recommend 'Blue Moon'

Tips

Honeyberry firstberries are resistant against the spotted-wing drosophila Due to the early ripening period, the spotted-wing drosophila hardly damages the honeyberry firstberries. At the time when the firstberries/honeyberries change colour, there are no spotted-wing drosophilas around and there are also other sources of food.
 
  • Flowering Period March
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period June
  • Final height 60cm to 80cm
  • Final width 80cm to 100cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Sweetness sweet/sour
  • Use for wild gardens, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour white
  • Leaf Colour grey-green, green, blue, grey
  • Lubera Selection This plant is an exclusive launch from Lubera. Lubera searches worldwide for new varieties and species that will make gardening more exciting and easier! We encounter new products again and again that we can exclusively bring to the market after intensive testing.

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