DESPERATELY Seekig Bakeapple/Cloudberry

Robin282(z7 SE MA Coast)January 4, 2006


I do not live in Canada; please forgive my forum faux pas in ettiquette by being an "outside poster". I have been a garden web member for 2 months, and I find the people here very helpful, with lots of iteresting ideas and information. I am from New England--Massachusetts. We plat to move to Maine upon retirement; so, we'll at least be closer to all of you then! My husband has many cousins in Canada.

I am looking to buy Bakeapple (also known as Cloudberry). I like growing all kinds of berries, and I have been trying to add berries from more Northern climes, and from other countries. Last year, I got Honeberries (from Siberia). We homeschool our 2 children, and I open our exploration of other countries through the plants.

I have found only 3 places on-line through searching: 2 in Canada, 1 in USA. One in Canada has added me to their waiting list. The other only mails 2 of their plants (peonies & wysteria), the other plants--one must visit to purchase and pick up. The one in the USA, no luck.

If anyone can tell me where I could order them--or anthig more about them, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks so much!


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Not sure where you can order them . But I know they grow in the wild in NFLD canada and Finland.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2006 at 8:51PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if there was a Newfoundland club or store in Boston (or get the white pages and start phoning Healeys). If there is, see if you can make any connections to get some plants (if that's legal) or some unprocessed berries (I don't know if they're easy or not to grow from seed). Good luck! Joe, quarter Newfoundlander

    Bookmark   January 6, 2006 at 10:14PM
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owbist(6A-Niagara, Ont)

I would be surprised if you were able to get the plants from Newfoundland. Before boarding the ferries to leave the island Agricultre Canada search all vehicles for plants, crops and soil. No idea why but it has happened each time we have visited our friends there.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2006 at 9:13AM
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That's true, about the border. I lost a rosemary plant once that way (had to leave it on the curb, called friends in Corner Brook and said they could have it if it was still there). I wonder if bare-root plants can be sold? Bakeapple also grows in northern Quebec and (I think) Cape Breton. Joe

    Bookmark   January 8, 2006 at 8:28PM
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marbles_n_the_garden(DownEast Maine, Zone 5)

I used to be Robin282 on GW, but since iVillage made changes, I cannot log into that ID anymore.

In any case, I wanted to update folks on my progress. This was the most difficult plant to track down. I was able to get some seeds from Norway, and from a US germplasm bank that got its seed from Russia.

Upon receipt of the Norway seed, I have tried to look up cultivation instructions to no avail. Finally, the germplasm bank seeds arrived with instructions. Wow, is this going to be a challenge! After a bleach treatment (very hard coat), and warm stratify, then cold stratify, then light germination--using proper techniques and as sterile a batch of materials as possible, allow 60 days for germination after the 3 months of the warm, and 3 months of the cold.

Probably more than you wanted to know, but wish me luck!

BY THE WAY, I'd still tke plants of I could get them...


    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 12:14PM
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marbles_n_the_garden(DownEast Maine, Zone 5)

I am still looking for seeds & plants just as desperately.

Last spring, I got a sandwich bag full of cloudberry seeds from a generous man in Alaska. I left them in the fridge until August. I then took them out, treated some with bleach, treated some with geribellic #&*% acid (I can never spell that), and sanded them, & planted them then, at the end of the summer. I figured the cold (only) stratification didn't work, so I tried a warm, then cold strat. A few days ago, I noticed sprouts, but I wasn't sure if they were cloudberry. Then, a second leaf came out, and it looks like cloudberry! I am just thrilled that I accomplished something that so many have said could not be done! Out of a whole asndwich bag FULL of seeds, only a few dozen have sprouted. I am happy with that. Then I read if you can sprout them, they won't make it. I am going to try to do my best to see that they do.

Meanwhile, I would still like to get more seed to continue experimenting with sprouting the things, and I really hope to get plants because I read that from seed, it takes 7 years to get fruit! Yikes!

If anyone can provide either seed or plants, PLMK. I still want them. I'll pay postage. I am also trying to get seed or plants from a variety of places so that I can have good genetic diversity.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 9:59AM
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Hi Robin:

Althought it is legal to send seeds to the US we can not transport garden plants or bulbs into the US, that is illegal. I do have a suggestion though. Have someone dig up the plant, shake all the soil off it, cut it right back and replant it using sterilized soil into a houseplant pot. Now call it a 'house plant'. For some some strange reason house plants can be transported acrosss the border.


Here is a link that might be useful: Our website

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 12:58PM
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can it be rooted from slips?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 11:35PM
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