Growing Berries

  • Are Raspberries Acidic?

    Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are long-lived perennial shrubs that bear sweet, flavorful, delicately textured fruits. The vigorous, sturdy canes can survive the winter in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones… Read More

  • The Disadvantages of Frost-Resistant Strawberries

    Juicy, sweet and relatively easy to grow, strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) are a favorite plant in home gardens. They can be grown in containers, in raised beds or along the ground… Read More

  • Do Hedge Clippers Cut Blackberry Bushes?

    Hedge clippers, which are powered by electricity or gas, make fast work of much of your pruning chores. They help you shape your hedges and shrubs, keeping uniform sizing and… Read More

  • Do Thorny Blackberry Bushes Survive Winter Freezes?

    Cultivated blackberries (Rubus fruticosis) grow on thorny or thornless canes in erect, semi-erect or trailing forms. Thorny blackberries, typically erect cultivars, will survive freezing temperatures. You can grow them in… Read More

  • Are Arapaho Blackberry Bushes Self-Pollinating?

    "Arapaho" blackberry bushes don't need a pollinator to produce fruit, but there are several reasons why you should grow more than one variety. By planting a few different plants, you… Read More

  • The Soil pH for Red Currants

    Although the idea of red currants (Ribes rubrum) may bring up antiquated images of berries strung around Christmas trees, this native plant of western Europe lends itself to modern gardens… Read More

  • Do Raspberries Grow on New Growth or Old?

    Most people think red when they think of raspberries, but there are red, yellow, purple and black raspberries. Yellow raspberries are a mutation of red raspberries (Rubus ideaus) and purple… Read More

  • How to Plant Vaccinium Huckleberry Seeds

    The many varieties of huckleberry (Vaccinium) offer green thumbs edible berries without the worry of major pests or diseases. These plants grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones… Read More

  • Grapevine That Does Not Bear Grapes

    Grapes (Vitis spp.) have an undeserved reputation for being difficult to grow. When Lief Eriksson arrived in North America, he dubbed this continent "Vineland" because so many grapes grew wild.… Read More

  • How Fast Do Raspberry Plants Multiply?

    Raspberry plants (Rubus spp.) are perennial bushes that produce berries on branches called canes. One full year after planting a new crop, each original cane will have a handful of… Read More

  • Putting Pine Mulch on Blackberries

    Blackberries (Rubus spp.) thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 8, and need plenty of moisture and warmth to produce their rich, juicy fruits. A pine… Read More

  • Can You Grow Boysenberries in Northern Idaho?

    Napa, California, farmer Rudolf Boysen created boysenberries (Rubus spp.) in the 1920s by crossing loganberries, raspberries and the common blackberry. These large, dark berries are valued for their rich, tart… Read More

  • Removing Flowers From Blueberries

    More is not always better when it comes to blueberries (Vaccinum spp.) -- at least not for the plant. Blueberries, which grow on a deciduous shrub, are hardy from U.S.… Read More

  • How to Plant Olallieberry Bushes

    The olallieberry is a large, rather tart cousin of the blackberry. When planting and growing these berries it is important to remember that they are perennial, but the canes that… Read More

  • Growing Marionberries

    A prized member of the blackberry clan, the Marionberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus) is known for its superior flavor and abundantly producing thorned canes. Named after Oregon's Marion County where… Read More

  • How to Build a Blueberry Picker Scoop

    A blueberry picker scoop, used to harvest berries, resembles a hand-held dustpan with a comb-shaped scoop. A picker scooper allows you to pick the berries quickly, while serving as a… Read More

  • Climbing Vine With Blueberries

    Don't be fooled. Real blueberry plants are shrubs that grow 3 to 8 feet high, depending on the variety and age of the plant. Some wild blueberry bushes have a… Read More

  • Berry Bearing Bushes

    Berry bushes come in many sizes and produce an abundance of edible and non-edible berries. Well-known berry bushes include raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, but thousands of other types of bushes… Read More

  • When Are Elderberries Ripe?

    In order to tell if elderberries are ripe, you need to know the type of elderberry with which you’re dealing. Several types of elderberry shrubs are available, each with many… Read More

  • What Type of Mulch Is Best for Blackberries?

    The culture for blackberries is similar to that of red raspberries, as both are considered brambles and are closely related species. A sunny garden spot with a deep, moist but… Read More

  • My Raspberry Leaves Are Turning Yellow

    Raspberries and blackberries grow on similar bushes and produce clusters of berries at the end of the summer. Raspberry plants are hardy, fast-growing cane plants that produce a large harvest… Read More

  • The Yield of Growing Blackberries

    Quantitative studies of blackberry-plant yields suggest that annual crop yields can vary significantly depending on cultivar, location, weather and growing conditions. Annual yields should fall within a range of 2,000… Read More

  • Beetles Are Eating My Raspberry Bushes

    Raspberry bushes are extremely susceptible to damage from beetles. Although a raspberry plant grows well in a variety of soil types and growing conditions, insect pests can prevent the bush… Read More

  • Do Strawberry Plants Like Sun or Shade?

    Strawberries are one of the easiest garden fruits to grow. They take up little space and require less maintenance than other fruit crops. They need less sun than grapes or… Read More

  • Can Raspberries Grow in Shade?

    Raspberries are the one of the most popular small fruits for fresh eating. The berries from these easy-to-grow plants are also excellent in jams, jellies, pies, tarts and other treats,… Read More

  • Cures for Strawberry Leaf Blight

    Strawberry leaf blight refers to a fungus that grows on strawberry leaves, appearing like dark spots on the leaves. This fungus rarely ever damages fruit unless the blight is severe,… Read More

  • How to Grow Albion Strawberries

    The Albion strawberry is one of the most common commercial varieties of this fruit grown in California, particularly in the northern half of the state. Farmers harvest this large, juicy… Read More

  • How Long Do Raspberry Bushes Take to Produce?

    White five-petaled flowers appear on raspberry canes in late spring, thereafter yielding tasty aggregate fruits that are red, black or purple. The most widely planted type is the red raspberry.… Read More

  • How to Cultivate Wild Black Raspberries From Seeds

    Wild black raspberry patches are a source of food for both wildlife and humans. Cultivating the same varieties from seed gathered in the countryside allows you to bring the wild… Read More

  • Do Raspberry Bushes Have Thorns?

    Wild bramble fruits such as raspberries and blackberries protect their canes with rows of sharp thorns. Domestic types of brambles developed for larger fruit and greater plant vigor usually do… Read More

  • How to Control Bugs & Worms in Raspberries

    Raspberries are typically simple plants to care for. However, there are several pests that attack this crop, which can make the job of caring for raspberries more difficult. It is… Read More

  • Types of Wild, Red Berries

    Many red berries grow in the wild and it’s important to know which ones are edible. Some wild, red berries are inedible simply because of their taste, while others may… Read More

  • How to Prune Heritage Raspberries

    A Heritage raspberry is a type of everbearing cane that produces one or two berry harvests, depending on the pruning maintenance chosen. The firm, medium-size Heritage berries are good for… Read More

  • How to Take Care of Raspberry Bushes

    Caring for raspberry bushes year-round, from fertilizing, watering, weeding and mulching to disease and pest identification and treatment. Read More

  • How to Put Pine Needles on Your Blueberry Bushes

    Growing blueberries in your own yard can be a delicious experience as year after year plump and sweet fruits are produced in abundance. While mulching the base of your blueberry… Read More

  • How to Grow Raspberries in Minnesota

    In Minnesota, home gardeners can grow raspberries throughout much of the state, the University of Minnesota Extension reports. However, to have successful raspberry bushes you need to understand how they… Read More

  • Can I Give My Plant Beer or Aspirin to Help it Grow?

    Testing shows that beer and aspirin both help plants thrive. Preparation is easy. Pour beer into a pail and allow it to sit for a few days. During that time… Read More

  • How to Cut Back Raspberry Bushes

    A thriving raspberry bush can produce pints and quarts of ripe raspberries in a single growing season. When left unmaintained, however, that same raspberry bush quickly grows out of control,… Read More

  • Mulch for Blueberry Bushes

    Blueberry bushes are a good choice if you want to add fruit to your home garden. They don't take up as much room as fruit trees and some other berry… Read More

  • How to Grow Pink Lemonade Blueberries

    Take a break from normal garden staples and add vibrant color to your garden with Pink Lemonade blueberries, a new cultivar introduced to the market in 2010. Traditional blueberries are… Read More

  • When to Plant Strawberries in Zone 5

    The long winter in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 5 makes spring planting of strawberry plants best. This gives the young plants as long a growing season as… Read More

  • Birds That Eat Hawthorn Berries

    If you want to attract birds to your yard, plant a hawthorn tree. The more than 1,000 species of hawthorns (Crataegus) provide nourishment for a variety of wildlife. The trees… Read More

  • How to Grow Blueberries in Kentucky

    Originating from North America, blueberry bushes are popular fruit crops easily grown in areas in Kentucky. While highbush varieties thrive in most parts of the state, Reade blueberries grow in… Read More

  • How to Care for a Latham Red Raspberry Plant

    Latham red raspberry bushes are very cold-hardy and "summer bearing," meaning that they produce one crop of fruit each season. Latham raspberries typically produce a moderate crop of small fruits… Read More

  • How to Grow Blueberries in Mississippi

    While blueberries are better known in northern states like Michigan and Indiana, certain varieties of this tiny fruit can thrive in Mississippi. Heading out to the garden to pick a… Read More

  • How to Prune Thornless Blackberry Bushes

    Pruning thornless blackberries requires minimal tools and time, but gives big rewards in increased production and plant health. Read More

  • How Far Apart to Plant Strawberry Plants?

    With a sweet, fresh taste, strawberries from your backyard highlight the pleasures of summer. In many locales, strawberries can be easily grown with the right conditions. To start, though, strawberries… Read More

  • How to Grow Blueberries in Pennsylvania

    Blueberries offer year-round beauty to the garden, blooming attractive flowers in the spring, glossy green leaf foliage with luscious berries in the summer, colorful foliage ranging from crimson to yellow… Read More

  • Raspberry Plants That Don't Bloom

    Raspberries are a relatively easy-to-grow fruit, requiring only decent soil, lots of sun, water and perhaps a little fertilizer. The resulting fruit is excellent fresh or added to desserts, and… Read More

  • Is it OK to Eat Juniper Berries?

    Juniper berries are used to add color and flavoring to pastry dishes, flavored teas and even some seasonal alcohols. However, the juniper berry can be poisonous to people with a… Read More

  • Growth Stages for the Blackberry Plant

    Blackberry plants are available in erect, semi-erect, and trailing cultivars, or types. Additionally, you may choose from thorny and thornless varieties in all cultivars. The biggest difference between erect cultivars… Read More

  • Varieties of Blueberries

    There are three main blueberry varieties along with several other hybrids that stem from the original species. These three main types come from the southern highbush and rabbiteye plant. Each… Read More

  • Raspberry Plants for Zone 9

    For berry growers, raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are a favorite because they will thrive in a wide range of climates, growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through… Read More

  • Elderberry Pests

    Elderberry plants appear as shrubs or trees along riverbanks and in open riparian areas. They produce purplish black clusters of edible berries. Elderberries have few insect pests, and most are… Read More

  • The Best Soil for Raspberry Plants

    Raspberry bushes may grow and adapt to nearly any type of soil as long as the soil drains well. These berry plants produce best when planted in deep, sandy loam,… Read More

  • Are Blackberries Acidic?

    Blackberries, developing in color from dark red to black, are high in antioxidants and other health-promoting nutrients and compounds. The specific content of blackberries, including acid level, varies by type. Read More

  • How to Prune Everbearing Raspberry Plants

    Raspberries are classified by fruit color and by their fruiting habits. Colors range from black and purple to red and yellow. The red raspberry resembles wild raspberries and tends to… Read More

  • When Do You Plant Strawberries in Washington?

    Strawberries are home garden favorites grown for canning, freezing and eating out of hand. Backyard fruit growers can count on 4 to 5 years of productive fruiting if the plants… Read More

  • The Best Time of Year to Plant Blueberry Bushes

    Two types of blueberry bushes exist: highbush and half-high blueberries. The half-high blueberry can withstand colder temperatures and more extreme winters. It can be successfully planted earlier in the spring… Read More

  • Soil Types for Growing Strawberries

    Strawberries are an ideal addition to a home garden. Strawberry plants produce quick results while taking up little space in the garden. Fresh strawberries from the backyard are a tasty… Read More

  • Types of Blackberry Bushes

    Many cultivars of blackberry have been created by hybridization. Most are found in three main categories. Read More

  • How to Grow Berries With Hydroponics

    Hydroponics, or the art of growing plants with water and without soil, is not only a healthy method of growing tasty berries, but it is also an efficient method for… Read More

  • Information on Blueray Blueberry Bushes

    "Blueray" blueberry (Vaccinium "Blueray") is a highbush blueberry cultivar notable for its generous yield of large, flavorful berries, decorative red fall foliage and its impressive height, which may reach up… Read More

  • How to Protect Blueberry Bushes From Birds

    Seeing small green berries forming on your blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) bushes can be exciting for gardeners. But it's also an exciting time for birds that enjoy eating the ripening berries… Read More

  • How to Feed Raspberry Plants

    Raspberry plants produce popular fruits, which taste delicious and provide vitamins. The berries ripen during summer and are relatively easy to care for. The plants need nutrients from the soil,… Read More

  • How to Identify Currant Berries

    You can eat currant berries plain, by themselves. Some people also like to cook them into preserves or jellies, or use them as a topping on ice cream or pancakes.… Read More

  • Pest & Disease Identification on Blackberry Plants

    Blackberries (rubus) are called "brambles" for good reason: Their canes grow in thorny jumbles. Home gardeners grow trailing blackberries on trellises or bushy upright varieties all over the country, but… Read More

  • How to Fertilize Raspberry Plants

    Raspberries grow on tall upright canes that arch gently under the weight of lush foliage and plump red berries. Eaten fresh, raspberries create an explosion of juicy flavor bursting with… Read More

  • How to Grow Hypericum Berries

    Hypericum plants are more commonly called St. John's wort or goat weed. The plant produces small yellow flowers with long spikes that emerge from the center of the blooms during… Read More

  • How to Root Blackberry Cuttings

    Blackberry bushes (Rubus fruticosus) are propagated from softwood cuttings taken in spring or early summer. Read More

  • How to Protect Thornless Blackberries During Winter

    If you've ever been pricked by a thorny plant, you can understand why many gardeners like thornless blackberries, even though you have go to the trouble of trellising them if… Read More

  • How to Clone Blackberry Bushes

    You can expand your blackberry plantings and greatly increase your harvest without buying new plants. Clone all the plants you need by using various, simple asexual (non-seed) reproduction strategies. Unlike… Read More

  • How to Identify a Blackberry

    Blackberries (Rubus) are found all around the U.S., but they are not the only thorny berry bush or black-colored berry growing in the forest. While several other edible berries are… Read More

  • How to Get Old Raspberry Plants to Bear Fruit

    Getting overgrown or old raspberry plants to start producing raspberries again is fairly easy. Once they have a rejuvenation pruning and are fertilized, the plants should produce raspberries that year.… Read More

  • How to Make a Blackberry Trellis

    Thorny blackberry bushes are treacherous to prune, and the sharp thorns make harvesting the berries hazardous to hands and arms. Blackberries trained on a trellis are easier to maintain, look… Read More

  • When Do I Prune Blackberry Plants?

    Blackberry bushes will produce large berries in greatest profusion when the plants are properly pruned. Pruning is easy to do, but timing is important. Pruning the wrong canes at the… Read More

  • How to Grow Apache Blackberries

    How to grow the thornless blackberry cultivar 'Apache' in the garden. Includes spacing, soil, sun and fertilizer requirements. Read More

  • What Climate Do I Need to Grow Blackberries In?

    Blackberries are one of the most widely used and cultivated bramble fruits in the world. They are not particularly tender plants; however, attention to climate regarding planting and harvest helps… Read More

  • How to Prune Black Raspberry Bushes

    The vines on blackberry bushes are called canes, and they grow for two years. The first year, they are lush vegetation. In year two, they bloom, bare fruit and then… Read More

  • How to Propagate Blackberry Plants

    Blackberry plants reproduce readily, and you can propagate them easily with vegetative propagation techniques. Read More

  • Berry Plant Identification

    Identifying wild plants and berries is a fun pastime for hikers, berry growers, science lovers, and people who love to eat berries. Knowing your berries could actually save your life… Read More

  • When to Pick Blackberries?

    Learn how to recognize a ripe blackberry by its color and taste. Also learn how to recognize a ripe raspberry. Read More

  • How to Grow Huckleberries

    The huckleberry plant is a small shrub that grows blue or black berries. The berries, which each contain 10 hard seeds, are used in jams and pies. The black huckleberry… Read More

  • How to Plant Blueberry Bushes in Pots

    Blueberry bushes are too large to be grown in pots, but the dwarf blueberry bush can be grown in a pot with success. These bushes grow blueberries just like the… Read More

  • How to Grow Sunshine Blue Blueberries

    Sunshine Blue blueberry bushes (Vaccinium "Sunshine Blue") produce an abundance of flavorful berries during late summer and make an attractive ornamental planting. The bush's new spring foliage is pale blue,… Read More

  • How to Transplant Raspberry Plants

    Raspberry bushes (Rubus ideaus) can survive for 15 years when grown in the right site and transplanted correctly. These fruiting bushes grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones… Read More

  • How to Grow Upside-Down Strawberries

    Sweet strawberries straight from the garden and warmed by the summer sun are a treat to look forward to each season. The traditional strawberry patch, with its sometimes back-breaking work,… Read More

  • How Far Apart Should Raspberries Be Planted?

    The raspberry vine, or bramble berry, is actually a cane plant. These plants grow in the wild in many parts of the country. The berries provide a great sugary treat… Read More

  • How to Identify Red Berries on a Vine

    There are many red berries; some are more popular and therefore more recognizable than others. They grow on shrubs, rootstocks, runners or perennial plants. Strawberries, raspberries, bunchberries (ground dogwood), nagoonberry,… Read More

  • How to Identify Berry Vines

    Berry vines come in many different varieties. Many berry vines look similar, but once you learn to recognize subtle differences, it's easy to identify berry vines. Read More

  • How to Plant Raspberry Bushes

    Raspberries are a much loved small fruit. Coming in a close second to the national favorite, strawberries, they can be used in a number of ways--fresh or frozen, or preserved… Read More

  • How to Dehydrate Cranberries

    Cranberries are a great addition to many meals and they also make a yummy snack. But what do you do when you come across a sale on cranberries? What about… Read More

  • How to Harvest Goji Berries

    Most goji berries, also known as wolfberries (Lycium barbarum), are grown in Tibet and China. They can be grown in many other regions of the world as well. In Asia,… Read More

  • How to Prune Gooseberries

    Gooseberry bushes provide sweet, tart berries for jams, jellies and snacking. The bushes respond to annual pruning with prolific harvests. American gooseberries (Ribes hirtellum) and European gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa) both… Read More

  • How to De-Stem Elderberries

    Elderberries make delicious jams, jellies and pies. However, these berries are rather tricky to pick. They are so small. Elderberries grow in such a tight cluster. Meticulously picking them by… Read More

  • How to Prune Boysenberries

    Boysenberries are an interesting plant. A cross between loganberries, blackberries and raspberries, the boysenberry was first introduced by Mr. Knott on his berry farm in California. If you are looking… Read More

  • How to Fertilize Blackberries

    For healthy growth and prolific fruiting blackberries (Rubus spp.) require repeated fertilizer applications through the growing season. Hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 8, blackberries… Read More

  • How to Grow Boysenberries

    Boysenberries (Rubus ursinus x ideaus) stand out among other blackberry varieties with their exceptionally large, juicy fruit. Healthy, established boysenberries can live for eight to 10 years, bearing a sizable… Read More

  • How to Grow Strawberries Indoors

    When winter hits it's easy to get the blues. Why not try to add a little color to your life by growing some strawberries indoors? The process is easy and… Read More

  • How to Grow Raspberries

    If you do not have a raspberry patch of your own, or you simply want to add new canes to your existing patch, here’s a great how to guide on… Read More

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