I have one untouched region of the yard where I want to plant Saskatoon berries. They grow wild around here but I’m going to buy seed from Sheffield’s. Their variety is known to thrive in Manitoba and produces lots of large berries. I’ve bought both seed and plants in other years.
Plants are faster to produce but seeds are far cheaper if you can get good germination. I haven’t had good yields stratifying in the refrigerator so, this time, I’m going to plant >100 seeds in a 2mx2m plot of good topsoil well mulched and protected from drying winter winds. If I get 50% germination, I will be happy. If I get the 90% they quote, I will be overjoyed and hard-pressed to find places for them all. Fortunately they grow slowly, just a few inches the first year. Some I started indoors this year barely filled a 6-inch pot with roots. This little guy is two years old, started indoors in January 2015.
Anyway, in a few years, perhaps as little as three or four, I will start to have production and in five or six years crowd the freezer with berries. They are delicious. I love them and I want to eat them raw or in pies or dried or candied or… All I have to do is keep the weeds at bay and apply a little fertilizer and water.