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Chokecherries have tremendous processing potential. A unique, strong flavor makes them great for processing. We are quite excited about these chokecherries and hope we stir some serious discussion about an industry wide name change. Did you know that the kiwi was originally a Chinese gooseberry, dolphin fish is now Maui Maui, dogfish has become a rock salmon, spider crabs are now snow crabs and canola used to be called Rape seed? There is a lot in a name!
Cultural Information Prunus virginiana
Wild Black Cherry (Chokecherry) is a wild cherry found most commonly at the edges of aspen bluffs and in open woods. They prefer rich moist soil but will also be found at poorer, drier sites. They do not like shady spots.
Small amounts of fruit appear in the third year with serious production in the fifth year. Row spacing must fit cultivation equipment and will vary from 15 feet and greater. Recommended spacing between plants is 3 - 5 feet. 800 plants per acre is a good rule of thumb and works out to roughly 20 foot wide rows by 3 feet in the row. Cross pollination increases fruit set and is desirable. We recommend planting more than one variety. Due to the exquisite Wild Black Cherry flavor, uniquely "Canadian prairie" products are developing.
We are planting Garrington Chokecherry on black poly and are finding little suckering.
As you can see, there is a lot of work that has already been done and a lot of excitement being generated.
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