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- The black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa, or Photinia melanocarpa) plant produces beautiful white flowers during the spring, a large amount of dark purple, almost black, berries in the fall, and beautiful dark red foliage that accentuates the beauty of fall. Its berries are sour, but can be used to make delicious preserves, jams, and antioxidant-filled juices.
- Plant one black chokeberry per container. They are plants that need their space
- Make sure that the container is large enough and has good drainage. Place the container in direct sunlight for at least part of the day
- You can use any soil for container gardening
- Maintain the soil moist, but not wet enough to form mud or pool on the surface. Water frequently
- If you want your plant to produce plenty of berries place in in direct sunlight all day and water frequently
- In containers, plants sometimes receive limited nutrients, use some fertilizer of compost in the container to help your plant be healthier and produce more fruits.
The black chokeberry is a plant that grows up to be between 3 and 12 feet in height. For this reason, it is recommended that you choose a small variety of the plant for container gardening. It grows easily in any type of soil and requires plenty of water. Black chokeberry seeds can be planted in the fall. In Spring, you can plant them as sprouts, and in the early summer you can take a cut from a sprouting root (rhizome).
If you’d like to know more about the black chokeberry plant, follow this link.