Gaétan Chiasson and Jean-Yves Daigle
Abstract: Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) cultivation potential in northeastern New Brunswick was
studied from 2003 to 2007. Trials in Norway had shown that this wild fruit could potentially be produced commercially
in reclaimed peat bogs. The purpose of our study was to verify the effectiveness of techniques developed in Norway
and Finland and to determine whether changes had to be made to them in order to grow this fruit under conditions here.
Through our trials, we sought to compare parameters for fall versus spring plantings, regrowth rates, winter survival
rates, edaphic conditions at planting time, rhizome length, adaptation of selected clones from Norway, and the effect
of fertilization. The results obtained show that, under conditions here, commercial production is a challenge and that
a number of modifications have to be made to existing production techniques. The data gathered through these trials can
be used to develop a new test protocol better suited to our needs and conditions in our region.