Saskatoon Farm 2014 Catalogue
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As seen in our catalogue...
our 2014 lineup of
prairie hardy trees and seedlings etc.

Apple-Prairie Sensation, Carlos Queen, Dexter Jackson, Goodland, Millstream, Norkent, Zestar
Asparagus
Blueberry
Caragana
Carmine Jewel Cherry
Clematis - Margaret Hunt
Colorado Spruce
Cotoneaster
Cottonwood - Black
Currants - Red
Daylillies
Douglas Fir
Engelman Ivy
Ferns

German Wine Rhubarb
Goji Berry

Grapes-Paul's, Valiant, Prairie Star
Hazelnuts
Honeyberry
Horseradish
Iris - German
Jerusalem Artichoke
Larch
Lilac - Common
Lodgepole Pine

Mugo Pine - Dwarf
Northern Fig
Ornamental Rhubarb
Paul's Pear

Peony
Ponderosa Pine

Plum - Brookgold, Brookred, Pembina
Poplar-Okanese
Raspberries
- Wyoming Black, Boyne, Primocane
Saskatoons
Sea Buckthorn
Scot's Pine
Spruce
Saskatoon Extravaganza
Strawberries
Swedish Aspen
Trembling Aspen
U. of S. Cherries Evans, Valentine, Juliet
Willow-Heritage

Trees and Shrubs
(Limited quantities - order by phone 1-800-463-2113, online or by fax.)
Northline Saskatoon
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!


Smoky Saskatoon
- The Smoky is a popular well known variety and is well worth growing. Excellent sweet flavor and a dependable producer of high quality saskatoons. Grows 10 to 12 feet tall.

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.
Apple - Carlos Queen - Grows to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
Apple - Dexter Jackson - Fruits are average size and are amber in colour with red streaking. Dexter is a heavy annual producer with a strong branching habit and desirable form. Pollinator required. Harvest in mid August.
Apple - Goodland - A lightly sweet apple with a creamy-green skin and a red blush. It is a good size apple, average 6-8 cm. Goodland apple white flesh is tender and juicy, it has a fine texture and it is very good for fresh eating. It is also wonderful in puree, very aromatic. Goodland apples can kept up to 20 weeks in a cool room. It is an early apple that can be harvested from mid-August.
Apple - Millstream - Very crisp and juicy, large size, red, excellent for eating fresh. Good for cooking. Ripens in late August.
Apple - Norkent - A medium-big apple with an average of 7 cm diameter. The skin is is moderately thick and it is yellow-greenish colour with orange stripes on the top . Norkent apple tastes similar to an apple-pear, its taste is often compared to the variety Golden delicious. It is an excellent apple to eat fresh and also to cook with, on the top of that it makes great juices.
Apple - Zestar - is a medium sized, sweet-tart balanced apple with a hint of brown sugar flavor. Light, crispy and juicy. Great for eating out of hand.
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.
Blueberry - Northland - Developed so branches will not break under heavy snow load. Good quality with a wild berry flavour. These high bush blueberries will yield an abundance of huge tasty berries, ideal for fresh eating. We selected the most hardy varieties available to perform in short season areas. These bushes will grow to about 3-4 feet tall and have very attractive red foliage in the fall. Begins producing fruit in third year.
Caragana - One of the toughest, hardiest group of plants for the prairies. Caraganas are drought-tolerant shrubs with profuse, yellow, pea-like blooms in spring and lustrous , golden bark. Ideal for hedge, screen or windbrea. Colorful yellow foliage in the fall.They prefer well drained soil and full sun.
Clematis - Margaret Hunt - has large single flowers, with pale pink colouring, and cream and red stamens. Blooms prolifically from July to September. Will happily scramble around a pergola post, fence or through a tree.
click to enlargeCotoneaster - 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.
Red Currant - From June to August these small shrubs produce abundant red fruit for jelly, preserves, juice and syrup. Quality berries are produced when they are planted in full sunlight with adequate air circulation around each shrub. Although currants are self-pollinating, harvests increase by planting two varieties. The green lobed leaves turn yellow in the fall. Will tolerate drier soils.
Visit YouTube to see our video on Evans Cherries

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!
Additional Information

Visit YouTube to see our video on cherries

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

Juliet - (SK7-21-31.0) 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


Click here for more information on the University of Saskatchewan Cherries

Daylillies - These hardy perennials require practically no maintenance. Fantastic color all summer long. A selection of 3 varieties. Yellow, red and cream.
click to enlarge 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.
Fig - Northern - Our customers marvel at the figs we have growing in containers here at the farm. These wonderful trees would certainly not be winter hardy on the prairies although they make great container plants. Grow outdoors for the summer and easily overwinter indoors. Fast growing, sweet and delicious.
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.
Paul's Grape - We found these grapes growing on the side of a garage in Calgary. They had been growing there for over 60 years producing abundant high quality grapes. We were amazed and we now have for sale.
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.
Grape - Prairie Star - This hardy white grape produces medium clusters in late September of white grapes suitable for wine making.
Hazelnuts - Native to the prairies they are easy to grow. Hazelnuts grow in fertile, well drained soil. They also make an attractive hedgerow or individual planting that grows about 10 feet tall and wide. Once established, they can produce heavily and consistently.
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.
Horseradish - Spice up your garden with this rugged and cold-hardy perennial. Make your own horseradish.
Iris - German - A selection of 3 varieties which are very drought tolerant, extremely low maintenance and have beautiful blooms. Purple, white and dark red.
Engleman Ivy - This vine is noted for its brilliant burgundy-red fall foliage which intensifies in full sunlight. Very similar to Virginia Creeper except it has intertwining tendrils which cling to any rough surface, wherever they are planted. This variety is more resistent to insects and mildew. Gets blue/black berry-like fruit in the fall. Engleman Ivy may be planted in partial shade or full sunlight and can grow to 30 meters. Good to zone 3.
Jerusalem Artichoke - Grown as a multi-stem clump, 8 ft. tall with sunflower like blossoms. Hardy perennial with edible tubers. It will be a favorite in the garden and kitchen.
Lilac - Common - 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.
Paul's Pear - We have been working on this pear for over twenty years, it's now yours to enjoy. You will be amazed by these high quality pears grown right here on the prairies.
Peony - Traditional prairie favorite. Extremely hardy and easy to grow and maintain. Big beautiful blossoms in 2 varieties, one red and one pink
Plum - Brookgold - is a very productive tree. The fruit is medium in size, golden-yellow, sweet and juicy. Prefers well-drained soil and will not tolerate standing water. Used in cooking, canning, jams and fresh eating. Needs a pollinator, a different selection of the same species.
Plum - Brookred - Dark red fruit with red flesh, ripens in late August. Good for eating or cooking. White flowers in spring. Requires pollination.
Plum - Pembina - A cross between a Native plum and a Japanese plum, the Pembina plum has been gracing prairie yards since 1917. Pembina plums are freestone having a thick, reddish blue skin and yellow flesh. Ripening in mid- September these plums can attain a length of over 5cm and are great for eating fresh, but is good for jams, jellies and preserves as well. As with all hardy plums, they like a rich, well drained, sandy loam with a full sun location.
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.

RASPBERRIES
Boyne: Raspberries can be grown anywhere in the province. It is slightly more difficult to grow them in the Chinook belt of southern Alberta, however, Boyne raspberries are by far the most winter hardy raspberries available. They produce excellent yields of good sized, juicy, sweet red berries. Very vigorous growers and they are self fertile.
Primocane: These raspberries are also a hardy variety for the prairies. These raspberries do not require thinning or pruning. They can be mown down every year to within a couple of inches, or we prefer to cut ours down every 2 or 3 years to clean up the patch. Fruits mid summer through fall. Recommended spacing for planting is 1' apart, their spread is also 1'. Self fertile.
Raspberries can be planted in full sun or partial shade.


Wyoming Black Raspberry: A popular choice if space is limited. Wyoming is a non-suckering raspberry that we offer. Fruit is black when ripe and our favorite flavour of all! Height: 125 cm / 4 ft Spread: 90 cm / 3 ft

Ornamental Rhubarb - A showstopper here at the farm! Grow ornamental rhubarb in your garden for the sheer beauty of the leaves and flowers. Grows to 8 ft tall.
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.
Swedish Aspen
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.
Additional Information
Trembling Aspen - Trembling Aspen is an oval-headed tree with bright green leaves and nearly white bark that darkens and roughens with age. Although Trembling Aspens are not suitable as feature trees however, they are rather attractive in groups. They prefer sun to partial shade and moist soil.
Strawberries - 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.

EVERGREENS


All of these great hardy trees have developed root systems. These are not small seedlings but 2 to 3 year old field grown trees.

WHITE or COLORADO SPRUCE - For Pleasure or Resale
Whether you are growing trees for your own pleasure or for resale as landscape trees, you'll find all the trees that we have for sale this year are great performers! All are prairie grown with great root systems that we know will perform brilliantly with normal care. You can grow 1700 trees on a 5 foot by 5 foot spacing on a single acre (210 ft. by 210 ft.). Average retail price in 2001 for evergreens was $20.00 to $30.00 per foot. Most of these high quality transplant trees that we have this year will be 3 to 4 feet tall in about 3 years and 6 to 7 feet tall in 6 years. Get a rotation going, after a few years you'll plant a thousand and sell a thousand! All our evergreens this year are 2 to 3 year old transplants, not first year seedlings.

Growing & Selling Christmas Trees

Christmas 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.
If you want a perfectly shaped spruce you must plant it in an open area, well away from any shade. Shaded branches grow very poorly and it will lose its symmetry and rigor.
Whether you are growing them for a feature tree or for resale value, the Colorado Spruce is a proven winner.

Note: Under drier conditions mulching with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips will substantially improve their growth rate and assist in maintaining moisture.

Douglas 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.

Ponderosa Pine - We are very proud 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.

The beautiful orange brown furrowed bark & yellowish green needles of the Ponderosa Pine is a rare sight on the prairies. Extremely drought resistant, this Chinook tolerant prairie strain of Ponderosa will make an uncommon addition to your landscape. It has a wide spreading root system with a deep and massive tap root. The Ponderosa is slow to start but once established can grow 3 feet per year. Ponderosa Pine makes an excellent specimen tree or shelterbelt. It prefers full sun and moist but well drained soil.

Fertilizer - 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 less.) 
$4.95 for 200g. or $19.95 for 1kg. (Postage and Handling included)
Cherry 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!

Saskatoon Extravaganza!
Geared to those thinking of growing Saskatoons.

Check back for 2014 Extravaganza dates.

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A Saskatoon 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!

Extravaganza Agenda
(sample only - subject to minor amendments)

7:30-8:30

Registration and Introduction
Coffee and snacks
8:30-10:00
Let's Get Started" Presentation
-Where to start
-Orchard establishment
-Land preparation
-Seedling information
-Planting and care of seedlings
10:00-10:20
20-minute break
Snacks
10:20-12:00
Tour #1 Orchard Equipment
-Berry harvester
-Sorting machine
-Sprayer
-Freezer
-Kitchen production/pies
12:00-1:00
Saskatoon Style Lunch and Sampling
1:00-2:30
Presentation "What's Involved"
-Orchard maintenance
-Weeding
-Irrigation
-Pruning
-Saskatoon Pests
-Harvesting
2:30-2:50
Snacks and Saskatoon Champagne
(non alcoholic)
2:50-3:30
#2 Tour
-Jam making
-Saskatoon Processing
-Greenhouses and coal heating system
3:30-4:00
What's New
-Cherries
-Apples
-Honeyberries
4:00-5:00
Informal Discussion
-Meet the staff
-Questions
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