Chokeberry 30 Seeds, Aronia - Fruits/Antioxidant Search
Chokeberry ( Aronia melancarpa ) can grow to six feet height & width. Since it grows rapidly, we did not have to wait long to see the under-four-feet narrow specimen (shown in the second photo when first planted early in 2002) become an impressive large shrub within a year.
In May it covers itself with white flowers which are turning into glossy black ones.
The medicinal properties of this plant are amazing. It is said that "Aronia berries" (they call them that because using "chokeberries might give people the idea that they might choke on them) contain high levels of vitamins, antioxidants, and polyphenols that reduce the potential for obesity,cancer and heart disease. New studies are being done to reduce and control blood sugar in diabetics too. Products made from chokeberries include jams, jellies, juice and Aronia wine. Fruits can be harvested gradually from September to October as they last on the tree/shrub without rotting for a long time
Sowing: Chokeberry seeds have an internal dormancy that can be overcome by stratification in a moist medium . Optimal conditions for the germination of chokecherry seed require 16-24 weeks of stratification at 3°C (37°F) in moist sand: peat. Moist vermiculite, or 1:1 peat:perlite may also be used. The volume of medium used should be 1-3 times that of the seeds.
Chokecherry seed will germinate with no pretreatment if sown outdoors in the fall. The seed should be sown at 1 cm (0.4 in) depth, or covered with 1-4 cm (0.5-1.5 in) mulch. The seeds are subsequently germinated at 21-27°C (70-81°F)