Available in four sizes this year!
Northline has it all! A nice habit of growth that's not too tall (8-10ft.) Absolutely superb fruit quality with a large berry size and that wonderful saskatoon flavour we all know and love! Great yields even from small younger bushes. We strongly feel that the Northline Saskatoon should be well represented in any orchard or home garden. By far Paul Hamer's #1 choice.
Northline 2, 3 and 5 Year Olds
We are excited to offer 2, 3 and 5 year old Nortline Saskatoon trees. These trees are of fruit bearing age and are sold bareroot as a spring item. Although the plant cost is higher, many people report to us that they have picked fruit the same year as planting, with good crops starting the following season. Because the seedlings can take 3 to 4 years before you produce fruit, starting with a larger plant has its obvious advantages!
Thiessen Saskatoon - It is the largest fruiting cultivar available, averaging 15mm in diameter, with many as big as 18mm. It has good flavour and productivity and is a consistent yielder. The Thiessen is considered an excellent choice for a production orchard.
|Apple - Prairie Sensation - Developed at the U of S this apple is a multipurpose apple that ripens the first week in September. The fruit has a nice shape and the color is yellowish cream with a pink blush. The flesh is crisp, juicy and sweet.|
|Asparagus - It is very hardy on the prairie and extremely productive. Plant in a small group or garden row and harvest asparagus every year. Allow the first year seedling to go to seed and establish itself the first year of planting. It makes a great ornamental as well.|
|Buffalo Berry - Unique colored foliage makes these native shrubs useful contrast plants. The Buffalo Berry is extremely drought tolerant and hardy in salty soil conditions. Ornamental red fruit appears on thorny female shrubs. Male and a female plant needed to produce fruit.|
|Cotoneaster - Suitable for any normal soil and extremely hardy. Has a new crop of leaves in October, which often last to spring in warm regions, but normally fall earlier in cold regions or in harsh winters. Semi-evergreen hedge with small, waxy, dark green leaves, small white flowers in June. Persistent red berries and brilliant orange/red foliage in autumn. Excellent for use in hedging with upright spreading growth. Trim back vigorous shoots after flowering and trim to shape in February, although it takes a nice form if left unpruned. For hedges 3-5ft plant 12-15ins apart. Cotoneaster is very tolerant of all soils. It prefers full sun but will tolerate shade as well.|
Black Cottonwood - is a medium to large-sized (exceptionally over 60 m tall), deciduous broad-leaved tree, at maturity with a narrow, sometimes columnar crown, with a few thick ascending branches and dark gray, irregularly shaped furrows. Black cottonwood is a very fast-growing and potentially large tree, easy to establish, and useful for shade and ornament. Black cottonwood also has been planted as windbreaks and shelterbelts and it is commonly used for screening.
Currant has distinctively aromatic foliage. The fruit is somewhat
larger than that of the red currant. Although some people recommend
currants for shady sites they tend to be less vigorous and prone to
powdery mildew. Pruning of the old wood helps maintain a healty plant
a compact shape. Prune immediately after flowering. For a casual hedge
plant 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart.
Upright and fast growing shrub with abundant black fruit used for jams, jelly, pies or concentrate. Ripens from June to August. Fruit produced on new wood. White flowers in spring. Grows 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Planting in full sun is recommended. Hardy to zone 3
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Evans Cherry - We are thrilled to offer the Evans Cherry. We picked "buckets" here at The Saskatoon Farm in 2001. An easy fast growing tree that prefers a drier location. An outstanding cherry that rivals BC cherries in size and quality! Grows to a height of about 12 ft. The Evans Cherry is extremely hardy and produces large clusters of big sweet cherries which are wonderul to eat or make pie fillings, jams, jellies or even syrup! We know that the Evans Cherry will delight you for many years!
|Carmine Jewel Cherry - is a dwarf sour cherry cultivar. It is extremely hardy to zone 2b and produces early-ripening, dark red fruit high in sugar and easy to harvest. Carmine Jewel is a combination of Mongolian Cherry (known for its small stature and excellent hardiness) and the sour cherry to produce small trees with fruit that looks and tastes like Evans. Carmine Jewel is generally grown as a shrub rather than a tree.|
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University of Saskatchewan Cherries
In 2003, as part of a variety trial, five experimental cultivars were released to growers. They are identified with numbers due to their experimental nature. These selections differ in colour (from black to bright red), in maturity date (early or late), in use (fresh versus processing), and fruit size (medium to large). The experimental cultivars all exhibited good cold hardiness with reliable productivity in Saskatoon. (Zone 2b) Except for SK7-32-19.1, all cultivars bloom at a similar time although the date varies from year to year-from late May to early June.
Valentine (SK7-21-31.0, pink marker) Fruit is dark red and excellent when fresh. The average weight is 5 gm and matures early August to mid-August. The bush will grow to 6.5 ft. and has low suckering habits. It is also easily processed fruit and very comparible in sweetness with SK7-21-16.3
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|Ferns "Native" - Plant in the spring with the crown slightly below soil surface. Ferns do best in partial to full shade and in rich, moist soil. They will spread by underground roots and to start new plants, carefully dig up and separate the young plants from the mother plant. Native ferns are very hardy and their tender young shoots, or fiddleheads, are edible.|
|Goji Berry - Goji berries, also called wolfberries, have been grown in the Himalayan valley for hundreds of years. Traditional Chinese folk medicine uses them to cure a variety of ailments. Goji berries have also long been used in various Asian dishes as an ingredient or a garnish. Goji berry bushes grow to be one to three meters high . Because the berries are very delicate when on the plant, they cannot be picked by hand. Instead they are gently shaken from the vine. Frequently they are set out in the sun to dry, whereupon they become slightly chewy. Besides eating the berries, you can also drink the goji berry juice. It is especially popular in the regions where the berries are grown, and can be combined with tea to make a tonic.|
|Valiant Grape - The hardiest grape variety for the north! It's bred from the native Riverbank grape (Vitis riparia) and can survive temperatures down to -35 degrees with little to no winter injury. It also produces fruit in a short season with the deep blue-purple fruit ripening in early to mid-September. The fruit is tart and excellent for eating and jelly and makes delicious grape juice. Valiant is very productive with grapes in clusters averaging 4-inches long with round berries up to 1/2 inch in diameter. Self pollinating.|
Honeyberry - Honeyberry is a compact rounded shrub with dark green foliage in summer turning yellow in the fall. Closely related to the honeysuckle. It has yellowish-white flowers in summer followed bybluish, edible berries in the fall. Honeyberry attracts birds and will grow to 5 ft. tall with a spread of 5 ft. Plant in full sun. Hardy to zone 3.
Lilac - Late - A large flowering shrub valued for its fragrant panicles of pale flowers in early summer, one of the latest shrub lilacs to bloom, extremely attractive in bloom; upright and bushy, tough and adaptable, good for massing or as a windbreak barrier. Late Lilac will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions.
|Lilac - French - French lilacs reach 8 to 15 feet at maturity. They prefer abundant space, sunshine and water. The usual spacing is 10 to 15 feet between plants. But when planted 6 feet apart, they make an attractive hedge. For most gardeners, the week of fragrant flowers is a strong reason to plant lilacs in the garden. The blossoms of French or common lilacs range from white, pink and lavender to purple and magenta with both single and double flowers.|
|Walking Onion - A delightful perennial onion that returns every spring and never needs digging. Bulbs grow on top of the stalks. Stalks can be used in place of green onions and the bulbs can be chopped and used like garlic. The stalks can be used in place of green onion. Walking onions can also be used in pots or flowerbeds as contrast plants. Very hardy and prefers full sun to partial shade. They are extremely versatile in all types of soil.|
|Double Flowering Plum is a showstopper in May across the North. Anyone who has seen a mature specimen in full bloom will have it indelibly etched into their memories for life, and the result is usually a quick trip to the nursery. The fully double hot pink flowers completely smother the branches in early spring long before the leaves emerge, rendering the entire plant an unmistakable fluffy pink cloud in the landscape. The rest of the year it remains a relatively attractive although somewhat diminished shrub, and the foliage may even turn pretty tones of gold and rose in fall. Double flowering plum needs lots of sun and lots of space to look its best. Like all members of the Prunus family, it will tolerate a wide range of soils as long as they are extremely well drained.|
|Okanese Poplar is a prairie-hardy hybrid developed in Saskatchewan in 2007. Considered the hardiest hybrid to date, it has been designed to be drought-tolerant, cold-tolerant and disease resistant to cope with an uncertain future climate. It is fast-growing and semi-upright, with branch angles approaching 45 degrees, with very large leaves.|
|German Wine Rhubarb - is a perennial that does very well in a sunny location. Initial ground preparation and the addition of manure or compost is important at the outset as these roots will grow in the place they are planted for many years. This early spring crop is excellent in pie as the perfect companion to strawberries. German Wine is the sweetest of all rhubarb.|
|Sea Buckthorn - Silvery leaves provide great contrast in the garden throughout the summer with particularly attractive bright orange berries which remain on the tree throughout the winter. It is more suitable along roadsides or out of the way plantings because of its formidable thorns. Sea Buckthorn can be pruned to form a short tree or left to grow naturally to form a round bush. In a shelterbelt planting it will form and impenitratable barrier. The Sea Buckthorn has suckering habits and a male and female plant are needed to produce fruit. It prefers full sun and dry alkali soils. The fruit contains the highest known concentration of Vitamin C and are widely known to have medicinal properties.|
This is a delightful narrow tree. Great for shelterbelts or privacy screens, or a landscape specimen. Grows to 35 feet. For tight shelter belts plant 3 to 4 feet apart. Very fast growing and versatile that will grow in a wide variety of soils and moisture conditions.
- Strawberries have always been and still are a traditional prairie
favorite. Despite being a valuable addition to any home garden, strawberries
have enormous potential as a u-pick operation. Our variety in the June
bearing strawberry is Kent (very flavorful). We offer Seascape as our
everbearing variety. This strawberry will bear fruit from early July
continuously right through until fall. Remember that this does not mean
you will get more strawberries per plant, just that you get them over
a long period. Home gardeners we recommend that you plant your strawberries
in a grid 6 - 8 inches apart in a band 2 to 3 feet wide. Sixty plants
would cover an area about 6 feet long and 3 feet wide.
U-Pick Orchards : You will need about 10,000 plants per acre (210 ft. by 210 ft.) Current u-pick prices are as high as $2.00 per pound.
|Heritage Willow - Fast growing and very large, likes a moist soil.|
or COLORADO SPRUCE - For Pleasure or Resale
Growing & Selling Christmas Trees
trees are very easy to market a good volume. Both White and Colorado
Spruce are great for the landscape market and are good for Christmas
trees as well. There is a great need for Christmas tree growers all
across the prairies. Every year well over 500,000 trees are used on
the prairies. Of these, 98 percent of all Christmas trees are imported.
Start your own U-cut for a great profit.
Note: Under drier conditions mulching with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips will substantially improve their growth rate and assist in maintaining moisture.
Fir - Grows native in southern Alberta. It has a pyramid form and
is dark green or blue in color.
The leaves are flat, soft, linear, and completely encircle the branches (this can be useful in distinguishing it from other species), generally resembling those of the firs. The female cones are pendulous, with persistent scales. Grows 70-100 feet.
Larch - As the name implies, this species is native to Siberia and northeast Russia and is much better adapted to dry conditions than our own tamarack. It is a large, fairly fast growing tree that retains a pyramidal form throughout its life. The branches arch gracefully down, turning up at their tips.
In fall, as leaves on other trees turn color, the soft needles of larch turn from green to bright golden-yellow. Larch is unusual in that it is a deciduous conifer; unlike most cone-bearing trees, it sheds its foliage in the fall. Larch needles are soft to touch. Few trees are as hardy as the Larch.
Because of its size, the Siberian Larch is well suited as a specimen tree in larger urban yards, acreages and farm plantings. It is used in shelterbelts, where it establishes quickly.
It prefers a shaded habitat and is hardy in either wet or dry soils.
Mugo Pine - The Mugo Pine is very underused as a shelterbelt or privacy screen for larger properties. Its drought tolerance and extreme hardiness makes it ideal for the prairies. If the "candles" are trimmed it will form an extremely bushy upright pine which can grow to 20 feet. Mugos are also a wonderful, larger bed feature tree. Excellent as an ornamental or specimen tree. Tends to grow in a large multi branched form. It prefers moist but well drained soil and full sun.
|Dwarf Mugo Pine - Most gardeners are familiar with mugo pines. They are certainly among the top-selling pines in the landscape industry. Their overall small size makes them useful for smaller garden, which are becoming the norm these days. They are used as foundation plants next to homes and buildings, as evergreens for the rock garden, as landscape shrubs for slopes and roadside medians and the list goes on. Few conifers are as versatile as mugo pine. Carefree, they only ask for full sun and a well-drained soil. They can tolerate windy sites, they also exhibit considerable drought tolerance. Hardiness is not a problem; they can be grown in zones 2 to 8.|
|Lodgepole Pine - has a very flexible wood that was once used by the native people to build teepees and lodges, hence its name. It grows 30 to 35 meters high and lives for 200 years. Its needles are strongly twisted. Its cones have scales with a curved prickle that is held closed by a resin bond. To open, the cones need to be exposed to intense heat from a wildfire or from direct sunlight. Most pure stands are therefore established on burn areas. The lodgepole pine is found in western Canada and the northwestern United States. It is distributed inland to western Alberta. It is found in pure, sometimes very dense, stands, and on different types of soils. Its wood is soft to moderately hard and light yellow in color. An important source of timber, it is used in construction and for pulp wood, and after treatment with preservatives, for railway ties and poles.|
Pine - We
to offer you beautiful field grown trees 9-15 inches in height this
year! We guarantee you'll be delighted with our excellent chinook
tolerant, prairie hardy strain! these trees are very rare and are
100% hardy. the most beautiful of the prairie hardy pines with outstanding
long needles up to 20cm! It is very drought resistant. These trees
are offered exclusively by the Saskatoon Farm.
- For best results, we strongly recommend the use of our high-phosphate
fertilizer blend. This easy-to-use, water-soluble fertilizer will stimulate
the roots of your newly planted trees for a quicker, more effective
growth - it is essential in the first season of plant development! Great
for bedding plants, tropicals and house plants as well. (Comes in a
200-gram bag, with instructions. Order one bag per 100 seedlings or
$4.95 for 200g. or $19.95 for 1kg. (Postage and Handling included)
Production Manual $29.00
Dwarf Sour Cherries: A Guide for Commercial Production is the ultimate how-to guide for the production of this exciting new family of cherries. Bred for the prairie climate, these delicious new cherries have recently been released by the University of Saskatchewan after sixty years of development.
This clear, accessible guide has been prepared for commercial growers, extension specialists, nurseries, master gardeners and enthusiastic gardeners. Over fifty photographs, diagrams, numerous tables and seven appendices listing resources augment the text. A must for cherry growers!
Check back for 2013 Extravaganza dates.
Seminar including overview of equipment, tours of the facility,
presentations by Paul Hamer including getting started, harvesting,
care and maintenance, cherries and other fruits. Includes lunch
and Saskatoon desserts throughout the day. Comprehensive, fun day!
Meet the Saskatoon Farm staff!