Chokeberry 'Viking' Bush - Aronia prunifolia - 3L Pot

Code: TR0235
Chokeberry 'Viking' Bush - Aronia prunifolia - 3L Pot
Chokeberry 'Viking' Bush - Aronia prunifolia - 3L Pot

The 'Viking' chokeberry is a tart, rich berry, which is best used in pies and crumbles when sweetened. Like a blackberry, most people find the chokeberry too sour to eat straight from the bush, but it certainly is possible, and some people will prefer them that way. As a superfood, this is now a popular addition to health juices and other health snacks. The fruit can be used in jams, jellies, wines, syrups and tea, so it is a very versatile fruit indeed!

Characteristics

  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m
  • Approx Spread: 1m
  • Comes in a: 3L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Shrub is approx. 2 years old
  • Flowering Period: spring
  • Harvesting Period: late July - early August
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Self pollinating: yes
  • Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves, purées
  • Hardiness: hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered
  • Rate of Growth: max. height in 2-5 years
  • Scented: foliage is aromatic
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
  • Moisture: moist but well-drained, well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.5m

Blackcurrants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.

Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 3.0/5 (2 reviews)

Rating: 1/5

"plants were not as u described on your website and were not healthy."

Reviewed Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Primrose says: "Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear you are unhappy with your chokeberry bush. If you are unhappy with the condition a plant has arrived in, you can contact customer services with photos to discuss your options."
Rating: 5/5

"Great plants filling their pots and are now growing in my larger pots. Not easy to find these plants at this size, so very pleased that you are offering them."

Reviewed Sunday, 29 March 2015

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