FRIEND and I each bought orangeberry (Rubus pentalobus) plants
last year. She planted hers per the instructions on a sunny, well-drained
slope where it has grown well but not yet flowered. I planted mine
in a largish pot and it flowered enticingly, but my hoped-for crop
of fruit never eventuated. The label says they are selffertile.
Do you have any tips?
has only recently become available in garden centres. It's related
to raspberries and strawberries and forms a spreading groundcover
with tough green leaves that become tinged with purple in the winter
Generally, young orangeberry
plants can take 2-3 years before flowering, so you were lucky to
get flowers so soon. Being self-fertile, you would normally expect
fruit to follow flowers - no fruit suggests lack of pollination.
Being self-fertile does not necessarily mean a plant is also self-pollinating,
as with a great many self-fertile plants, bees, insects or wind
are still required to transfer pollen. So lack of bees at flowering
time may have been the problem, or bad weather which kept the bees
in the shelter of their hives rather than out collecting pollen
Hopefully, next season,
with better weather, you should get some fruit, and in time your
friend's plant should also produce a crop.
For more information
on orangeberry and other interesting fruiting plants, you could
check out www.edible.co.nz
Gardener, Issue 202, 2006, Page 31
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.