brionkMarch 20, 2002

Last year I ordered an Aronia berry bush from Raintree Nursery. It didn't grow much last year, despite the fact that I gave it good soil, and it did not produce a single berry.

How long do these plants take to get going? Any special fertility requirements?



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lostman(z7a/b GA)

I got both Nero and Viking a year ago for them as well. I just had a small amount of growth last year.
I am hoping that this year will be better. Most of my plants are shy of growth in the first year.
So I would wait before getting conserned.

I thought my hardy kiwi were failing the first year I planted them. All I saw were
alot of leaves, but no growth. The following year, they grew 4-5 times their size!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2002 at 7:29PM
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Rodknee(Z 5 UT USA)

My Aronia melanocarpa seedlings from One Green World were stagnant the first season. They grew much more the second year than the first and produced a small amount of fruit. I expect them to increase alot this year. I have only used compost to fertilize and they are in partial shade about 3 hours per day in the hot summer.
Good Luck, LJ

    Bookmark   March 20, 2002 at 7:35PM
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ezawada(z9 CA Livermore)

anyone have or know what the difference between Viking and Egerta are ? I see that Cloud Mountain offers both of them, and was wondering if anyone has grown them.


    Bookmark   June 19, 2002 at 10:55AM
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My aronia berry bush had no fruit the first year, but after that, I must have harvested 20 pounds of fruit. I've got no idea what to do with it though :)

Remember, aronia needs acid soil and good moisture.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2002 at 7:42PM
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lostman(z7a/b GA)


How would you discribe the taste you your berries right off the bush?
Though I only had a few berries this year, but I was diappointed with the taste.
I thought they wuld be sour, but they were more bitter and smokey tasting even after
hanging on the bush all summer. They kinda reminded me of a coffee.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2002 at 10:38AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I bought mine from a local nursery this past summer. The shrubs were really tiny but some already had flowered and had fruit. So, of course, I picked those shrubs. The fruits were eaten a short while later by some wild animal or bird around here.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2003 at 12:08AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Lots of green fruit on my Aronia shrub this year. I am really curious to try the fruit since there seems to be different ideas about how edible this is.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2003 at 4:16PM
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nurblet(z5/6 Upstate NY)

What ph should the soil be for aronias?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2003 at 12:55PM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

Aronia melanocarpa seems to do fine here in alkaline soil, at what is probably close to the northern limit of it's potential growing area (zone 3) - not sure how much better it might do in acidic soil. It seem not to "need" acidic soil, in the sense that blueberries need acidic soil.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2003 at 7:07PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Ordered small Black Aronia 'Nero' for planting this fall. The one plant I have of black Aronia was stripped by the wildlife around here within a week of fruiting. Decided the only way to fix that problem was to plant more Aronia shrubs.

I have to say that I think these are excellent landscape shrubs. Pretty spring white flowers and gorgeous glossy green leaves all summer long. Then berries plus fall color at the end of the year. What more can one want from a shrub.

I hope to try Red Aronia next year too.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2003 at 12:59PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Found two 'Iroquois Beauty' Black Aronia at a local nursery so I bought them and planted them today. The 'Iroquois Beauty' is the same type of Aronia that the one shrub I already had from last year is.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2003 at 4:33PM
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lostman(z7a/b GA)

I dont know if anyone else has this, but I just noticed that my aronia is fruiting again. Does it usually have two seasons? We will have to see if it can ripen before the hard frosts hit.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2003 at 9:11AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

The black Aronia is leafing out but no flowers yet, too early. I ordered Red Aronia mailorder this Spring. It should arrive late April.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2004 at 4:23PM
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pdxjules(8, Portland, OR)

Gosh you guys...
remember that perennials
(that are gonna be workhorses for *many* years
in your garden, btw)

often follow 3 unwritten rules:
the first year they SLEEP
the second year they CREEP
the third year - they LEAP!

And intense berry flavors like this dark berry -
IMO, were made to be cooked!

More happens in the Kitchen than fresh off the vine.
TRY making:
berry cordial!
Sauces - OMG - pour over all kinds of things!
Pies - combine with other marvelous stuff!
marinades - pre-BBQ, saute or roasting
salad dressings
chutney, fruitcake, or
salsas! OMG!

Need I go On?

Native Americans would throw 'em into soups
and over roasted meats,
and make Dried fruit, and rolled fruit leather.

bake some Muffins, cakes, bar cookies...
put em in Fruit Salad, use as garnish for green salads,
add to Canned goods, or herb vinegars for Zip & Color...
mix into Yogurt / Meusli / homemade Ice Cream!

OK - I'm done.
Now do a recipe search - and have a blast.
Or better, run to the kitchen and just Get Busy!


    Bookmark   August 31, 2004 at 3:41AM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

My Aronia Vikings are 5 years old and have fruited the last 3 years. They had quite a lot this year. I cook it, blend, strain and add unflavored gelatin, sweetener like sugar, honey or stevia, and almond extract to make a gelatin dessert. The flavor is quite good cooked, but terrible raw. I also don't like the skins/seeds. Aronia are a very powerful anti-oxidant, and better than cranberry for bladder infections, etc. according to my mom's naturopath. They are worth growing and eating for health benefits, like other berries with dark pigments- blueberries, black currants, salal, oregon holly grape, etc.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2004 at 4:42PM
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This is one of the berries that I have picked for our garden (formally a clay tennis court) with a net. I see that the spacing needs to be 4-5'. I hope to plant them in a 4' x 12' bed. Is one variety better than the other?

    Bookmark   December 2, 2004 at 1:02PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Get one of the named varieties like Nero or Viking. If you want a shorter one, get 'Iroquois Beauty'.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2005 at 10:43PM
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lostman(z7a/b GA)

Another observation conserning aronia

I made some jam out of it which was horrid! I think maybe the skins and/or seeds made it bitter. I was about toss out the jam and remove the bush, but I found out that mixed with peanut butter on a cracker, it was wonderful!! I never liked peanut butter and jelly, but now I crave this mixture. Also my "not so good" elderberry jam was good with peanut butter too. Go figure.

Lastly, a friend of mine made some Aronia jelly with swedish steam juicer that was very nice on its own. So I guess there is many ways of doing this.

Maybe Im just a bad jam maker. :(

    Bookmark   April 25, 2005 at 8:57AM
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Trader Joe is selling jars of the juice and recommends mixing it with lemonade. I find it is absolutely great mixed with tonic - but only a small splash of aronia juice will flavor 8 oz of tonic. TJ gets theirs from concentrate shipped from Eastern Europe - but it needs dilution to be palatable.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2006 at 10:28PM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

My Aronia Viking has been bearing fruit for about 7 years. No one that I know likes the flavor of these berries. The bush is attractive and so I let it be.


    Bookmark   February 20, 2006 at 3:12PM
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stargazer_1118(Zone 7-Cape Cod)

I just moved into a new neighborhood which use tobe a giant farm many years ago. I have aronia bushes growing like crazy mixed in with the blueberries. They are a bit tart but make a wonderful jelly. my 6 and 8 year old fight over this jam!!!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 11:55PM
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Since Trader Joe wasn't stocking aronia juice on my recent visit, I've ordered a couple of Viking from Forest Farm. If and when I get a crop, I'll run them through my Squeezo to juice them and can the juice in pints.
My sister sampled the juice mixed with tonic and agreed that this is an absolutely delicious combination.
If the birds want to eat them, they're going to have to fight me for them.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 12:51AM
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Aronia leaves and fruits are known to reduce high blood pressure. Please note that juice can be dangerous for persons with low blood pressure.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2006 at 4:37PM
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I'm thinking of planting some aronia bushes this year, after reading about them in 'The Seasons on Henry's Farm' by Terra Brockman, and tasting jam made from aronia-yum! In the book it says the bushes may take three years to start producing, then yielding 40# eventually.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2010 at 2:24PM
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Brionk....First they sleep, then they creep and then they leap....I think that is how it go's...Aronia don't seem to have any special need, good soil, dampness.....I planted Aronia years ago and now when I walk around I find little plants from the berries Stellar Jay's have buried, in the fall, early winter months, I will walk around, cut off a long stem and as I walk about, pick a bare spot and shove the stem into the as I walk about, I see new shoots on these stems which I shoved into the ground, later during my walks I can grab a hand full of berries and enjoy the flowers in a month or so...I think some of my first plants...have several types now....came from Raintree, don't remember how big they were but there is no reason why you shouldn't see a berry in a year or two....the bush or tree if you trim it that way, will be wispy if left alone but annual pruning and you will have a nice bush...berries are a little tart, few large seeds but make nice wine...and Aronia will get very tall (formed into tree), large bush...

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 10:35AM
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hemnancy(z8 PNW)

I was cooking Aronia, straining out the seeds and skins, and making gelatin out of my berries, but my son encouraged me to try it fresh or frozen, whole. I have been adding whole frozen berries to my fruit salads with various fruits- apples, pears, peaches, pineapple, grapes, papaya, etc., and have adjusted to eating it, it doesn't stick out much from the other flavors and is toned down. I also have tried whole frozen berries with yogurt and Stevia, or whipped cream and Stevia, and like them.

I'm planning to try to get some Nero bushes this year, does anyone notice any difference in flavor between it and Viking? Or the Iroquois Beauties?

A problem is I noticed a few maggots from Spotted Wing Drosphila in a few berries last fall so am planning to try putting some traps with molasses, brewer's yeast, etc to try to lower populations around Aronia and other berries.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 9:49PM
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If you want to learn more about aronia, visit my blog Aronia in America and click on the link to my websire for even more information.

Dr. Eldon Everhart
Everhart Horticulture Consulting
1208 Chestnut Street
Atlantic, IA 50022-2236
Office: 712-254-4035
Cell: 712-249-3868

Here is a link that might be useful: Aronia in America

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 1:04PM
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I found aronia juice in Toronto area..... Site is click on stores and find one in your area....

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 5:40PM
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