The Aronia berry is a beautiful ornamental plant that thrives when it’s planted in any soil with good drainage. There are three different colours: red, black and purple. Our current plant is the black Aronia berry.
It is classed as a superfood because of its many health benefits. They contain antioxidants, beta carotene, potassium, iron, manganese and vitamins A, C and E. This means that they help us to fight diseases, combat the signs of ageing, and contribute to preventing Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Aronia berries are also known as chokeberries because of their astringent flavour. However, when ripened, the fruit can be picked, frozen and then defrosted, to make the taste much sweeter. These berries can last up to one year in a freezer. Add them to smoothies, yoghurt, ice-cream or salads. The leaves add lovely flavour to salads.
Position – Plant your Aronia berry bush in full sun or semi-shade for the best results.
Size – This bush grows to a height of 1 metre, with a width of 3 metres when it is mature. So, when planting your Aronia berries, give them enough room to spread.
Fertilising – The plant is self-fertilising but adding good organic matter, compost or well-rotted manure will improve the yield.
Soil Type – This berry is not very fussy. All it needs is soil with good drainage so that it doesn’t become waterlogged. Aronia berry plants can tolerate most soil types.
At Just Berry Plants, we stock volcanic rock dust. This contains organic minerals and trace elements to boost the health of the soil and increase the amounts of important micro-organisms that are essential for healthy soil.
Watering – Once your plant is well-established, it is quite tolerant of drought and disease. Berry plants prefer only the soil to be watered and not the leaves. If there’s been no rain lately, ensure that you give the soil a good soak every 2 to 3 days, once it has been planted in the garden.
The main cause of death for newly planted berries is not getting enough water after they are planted.
Mulch – Apply good organic mulch about 15 to 20 centimetres away from the main stem of the bush. Use grass cuttings, straw, wood chips or pine bark and green pine needles to retain the moisture in the soil and to keep weeds at bay.
Pruning – Cut away any dead branches in winter. This allows the bush to direct its resources to healthy, productive limbs, leaves and fruit, rather than trying to sustain dead or diseased ones.
Facts – The bush flowers in spring. The blooms are small, delicate, and creamy-white with 5 petals and 5 sepals. In autumn, the leaves will change from green to bright red, making an attractive display.