Aronia berry growing is shrub of the genus Aronia also known as Chokeberry, Aronia berry is perennial deciduous plant also used as ornamental plant, grow in temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-8, possible to grow it with the right care in hardiness zone 9-10.

Leaves are oval the color green light to dark, before the foliage the leaves become red.

Flowers white small with 5 petal, grow in groups.

Aronia berry fruits

Fruits color can be: red, black or purple, the fruits are edible but the seeds contain poison and after cook the seeds are edible

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Requirements for Aronia berry growing and care:

Chilling hours, clay soil, free from weeds, heavy soil, rich soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (explanation bellow) / Vegetative Reproduction – Cutting in the late winter to early spring (possible in green house in other season), moist soil and high humidity better to use root growth hormone, better to use peat soil.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Seeds contain poison when eaten raw

Planting season:
Winter, spring, summer, in hardiness zone 9-10 winter to early spring

Pests and diseases:
Aphids

Pruning season:
Begin of the winter and in hardiness zone 10b in the middle of the winter

How to prune:
Prune the week branches

Size of the plant:
0.5-4 m, 2-12 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring to summer

General information about the flower
White small flowers with 5 petal, grow in groups

Thinning the bloom:
First years, recommend to prune the bloom stems because it has negative affect on the growth and the development of the plant

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Fruit information

Fruit harvest season:
End of the summer – beginning of the autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds

What can be done with big quantities of Aronia berry fruits?
Juice, cakes, alcholic beverge

Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover in net, if the birds eat all

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

How to grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Small black seeds, the seeds need to be soaked in water 12 hour, recommend to change the water in every few hours

Saving seeds until sowing:
Cold dark place, better in the refrigerator

Sowing season:
Spring

Planting spacing:
0.5-0.7 m

Depth of Sowing:
1-2 cm

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, not direct sun, not to hot

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
1-3 month

Condition of seedling:
Half shade, well drain soil

Do the seeds require burying?
Yes

Time to bury the seeds:
Mid of the winter

Chilling Requirements:
After the soaking the seeds put them in the refrigerator 1-3 month in moist dark, well drain soil

Subspecies

Aronia arbutifolia – bright red fruit, 2-4 m

Aronia melanocarpa – Black Purple fruit, 0.5-2

Aronia prunifolia – burgundy to black, 1-2 m

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting, basal shoots

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
End of winter – early spring

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
1-2 month

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Wet soil, half shade

Scientific name:

Aronia

Alternative names: Chockberry, Chokeberry

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors

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Ornamental parts

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Watering plants

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