Taka (Haskap Berry) A new cultivar of Japanese haskap plant, ‘Taka’, that is characterized by its upright and spreading plant habit, its moderately vigorous growth habit, its high fruit yields, its frost tolerant flowers, its fruits that are produced in mid-June and medium large in size, cylindrical in shape, medium in firmness, produce little juice, good sweet tasting, and maintain their appearance, firmness and taste for 3 to 4 weeks in cold storage at 33° F. to 35° F., and its little or no disease or pest problems requiring no chemicals for desirable fruit production. Zone 3-8 April bloomer
Haskap can be planted deeper than original depth (one to a few inches) to compensate for possible heaving or to establish a deeper root system. In the wild, shoots sometimes fall over, get covered with leaves and then root. I think it would be possible to plant overlying long shoots sideways in the ground. This may make for a wider bush if shoots sprout from the underground buds along the stem.
During the first three years watering is extremely important for tree establishment. Irrigation is less critical for established bushes. Farmers often water once a week during the hottest part of the summer. As a general practice it is best to water a few times thoroughly to promote deep root growth. Watering frequently, with small amounts of water can results in a shallow root system. This can make a plant more prone to drought conditions, especially when you go on vacation and stop watering it! Keep in mind that it is very hard on a plant to use wilting as a sign to water. If your plants wilt every 6 days then you should water every 5 days. Where irrigation is provided, it should be discontinued in fall to encourage dormancy development.
Haskap will look ripe approximately 10 days before they actually are ready to be picked, always check the inside flesh color to be sure it has changed from green to completely purple. Some berries will fall to the ground when fully ripe. A popular harvesting technique is to place a large catch basin (some will use a golf umbrella) under the plant and shake – thus dropping all ripe berries.