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Offline Raymondo

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Saskatoons
« on: August 26, 2015, 04:57:48 PM »
Anyone growing saskatoon berries (Amelanchier alnifolia)?
Ray, gardening on an old flood plain with clay loam from 30 to 60 cm deep over clay.

Offline Templeton

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2015, 08:11:29 PM »
never heard of 'em, then wikipedia told me the city is named after the berry...
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Offline Mukluk

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2015, 07:33:22 PM »
I ate a heap of them when I was in Canada.  Delicious.  I am not growing them but have seen seed sold in Australia.  They like cold winters from what I understand.

Offline gardenaholic

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2015, 05:41:04 PM »
Ray, tried to grow them last year with no success. Got the seed from Phoenix in Tassie, if you manage to crack the code do share would love to have this plant. Good luck.

Offline Mukluk

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2015, 08:17:02 AM »
Judging from the places this grows in the wild I suspect that they require cold stratification in order to germinate.  I have been tempted to buy seed but fear it may be too old to germinate.  Far too many places sell dead old seed from perennials and seem to think that is ok.

I think if you ever get a single plant to grow they are meant to be rather simple to grow from cuttings.  I saw people break off branches and stick them into soil near the river and they claimed that they would bear fruit the following year.  I was not there long enough to know if they rooted or not. 

I just did a quick google search and came up with the following  http://www.prairie-elements.ca/saskatoon/3.1-propagation.pdf 

Honestly, if you got some plants to grow I think it would be simple to multiply them and sell dormant plants through the post.  I would certainly buy one from you.

Offline Raymondo

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2015, 11:10:01 AM »
Ray, tried to grow them last year with no success. Got the seed from Phoenix in Tassie, if you manage to crack the code do share would love to have this plant. Good luck.
Thanks gardenaholic. They list it as Amelanchier canadensis, a tree. Still good berries I believe but much smaller than the berry being commercialised in Canada which is A. alnifolia, a shrub. Of course, there are now cultivars so berry size varies anyway.
I'll keep searching for seeds of A. alnifolia but will definitely try the seeds from Phoenix in the mean time.
Ray, gardening on an old flood plain with clay loam from 30 to 60 cm deep over clay.

Offline Bev

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2015, 04:27:22 PM »
My Phoenix seed didn't come up either. I didn't stratify it, but seem to remember that he sells it already stratified with a note to plant ASAP.

Offline Raymondo

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2015, 08:29:55 AM »
So, two strikes for Phoenix. Perhaps third time lucky.

I found a place in California that will send A. alnifolia seeds to Australia so I'll order some and see what happens.
Ray, gardening on an old flood plain with clay loam from 30 to 60 cm deep over clay.

Offline gardenaholic

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2015, 09:41:41 AM »
If anyone can get them to grow it will be you Ray. Which supplier are you getting the seeds from.

Offline Raymondo

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2015, 08:21:55 AM »
... Which supplier are you getting the seeds from.

From Trade Winds Fruit. I've come across them before but never purchased anything from them because I thought they only covered tropicals.
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Offline Mukluk

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2017, 06:27:48 PM »
How did you go Ray?  Any luck getting them to germinate?

Offline Raymondo

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2017, 08:35:51 PM »
Not one I'm afraid!
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Offline AllyH

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 04:15:16 PM »
I've bought stuff from Trade Winds Fruit before (not Saskatoons though).  They are based in Santa Rosa, so I hope they survived the fires  ###a

Offline gardenaholic

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 05:54:07 PM »
I managed to get a plant from Edible Forest Gardens, ring them and see if they have one.

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Offline lintonius

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Re: Saskatoons
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2017, 06:51:50 PM »
Was it Amelanchier alnifolia which is the true Saskatoon that you got from Wonga Park? I didn't think there were any nurseries that stock them in Australia. I've grown other varieties of Amelanchiers that are available here but the fruit were not so good so now growing a couple of alnifolias from seed as it seems to be the only one worth growing for the fruit. The seeds came from Sheffields Seeds in the U.S. and were a cultivar called "Smokey".