Planting & Care for Chokeberry Shrubs
- Choose a sunny location for your aronia Chokeberry bush.
- Partially shady locations will work, but they won't have as many berries.
- They aren't picky in regards to liking a certain soil type.
- They prefer moist soil conditions, but they will tolerate dry and sandy.
- Add some compost to your soil as you plant this Chokeberry shrub.
- They can withstand wet winter and dry summers.
Opening Plant Material
- Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove from the container.
- You can plant in early spring.
- In light soils that parch quickly, mulch in spring with moisture-conversing, bulky organics to keep roots cool and active.
- Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
- Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
- With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
- Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
- Place the root ball in the hole.
- Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
- Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
- Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
- Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
- Water frequently when newly planted.
Pruning - After Planting
- Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
- Late in its dormant season, prune some of the older branches of your bush down to the ground to promote a new growth and a bushier form. Harvest your aronia berries late in the fall when they taste ripe. You can even wait until after a light freeze.
Watering - After Planting
- Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as oft en as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
- Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
Watering - Through-out the Season
- For the first couple years try to keep the moisture consistent. Water once or twice a week to provide an approximate inch of water a week to the plant. Once the plant is mature, it will require less water and will be more adaptable to whatever moisture Mother Nature provides.
- How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
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Special Plant Features & Tips
- Easily grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
- Will grow more berries if planted in full sun, but will grow in partial shade.
- Creamy white ornate flowers decorate the aronia berry bush in spring, followed by ink-black berries in the fall.
- All foliage is known to change from smooth green to a vibrant-red color, making the aronia berry bush a seasonal beauty.
- Aronia berries are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C.
- They can be eaten fresh when ripe, where the flavor is sweet, although the astringent pucker explains the origin of the colloquial name, chokeberry.
- The fruit is more commonly used in juices, wines, and jellies.
|Item||Approx Weight (lbs.)||Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)||Approx Height|
|#7 Grow Bag**||35-50||14-16"||5-8'|
|#10 Grow Bag**||55-70||18"||6-8'|
|#15 Grow Bag**||65-80||22"||6-10'|
|#20 Grow Bag**||75-100||24"||8-12'|
|1 1/4" B&B**||250-500||22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems||8-11'|
|1 1/2" B&B**||325-600||24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems||10-12'|
|2" B&B**||500-700||28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems||10-14'|
|2 1/2" B&B**||600-1000||30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems||10-15'|
|3 1/2" B&B**||1000||36"||12-18'|
|#3 container*||Less than 35||10"||10"|
|Bare Root*||varies, but always lighter||no soil on roots||varies depending on item|
*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery.
**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here.
Growing Zones: 3-9
|Bloom Time:||April - May|
|Color:||Green, Orange, Red, White|
|Plant Size:||1-2' tall x 2' wide|
|Fall Color:||Purple, orange, red|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun to Full Shade|
|Soil Conditions:||Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry|