No matter where you live you can grow berry bushes! Nothing beats walking into your backyard or patio and picking delicious berries right off the bush.
Our selection of thornless blackberry bushes and raspberry bushes are great for any level gardener. Plus, if you’re looking for more berries, don't forget to check out the blueberry bushes which have their own section. These types of berry bushes are easy to grow and produce bushels of berries within the first year of planting.
The Berry Informative Berry Blog will give you all the information you need to know about choosing which berry plants are right for you. Plus, you will learn everything you need to know about growing blackberry bushes and growing raspberry bushes.
When to Plant Berry Bushes
These varieties of vining berry plants can grow in a variety of planting sites and climates across the United States. The best time to plant is in the early spring so the plant has the whole growing season to establish its roots.
Most edible berry bushes are self fertile but will perform better with another bush nearby for enhanced cross pollination. Wondering how far apart to plant berry bushes? These varieties need at least 5 feet apart of space to grow unless planted in containers.
Enhance your taste buds with fresh and juicy berries. Berries are versatile and can be eaten straight off the bush, turned into jams or jellies, cakes or pies, or frozen for later use.
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Blackberry Bush Care
Caring for blackberry bushes is easy. All they need is full sunlight for at least 6 hours a day in order to fruit, fertilizer, and proper watering. In early spring, you will want to apply a balanced fertilizer and then a second application around six weeks later. The N-P-K values on the fertilizer should be the same values, for example, 10-10-10. Lastly, you will need to provide your plant with 1-2 inches of water per week during the growing season. If the natural rainfall doesn’t meet this need, you’ll have to water them. Now that you know how to care for blackberry bushes you will be a pro at getting the most from your crop.
When to Plant Blackberry Bushes
When planting blackberry bushes you want to make sure they are planted in spring after all danger of frost is gone. Choose a location that gets full sun. Blackberries require a fertile, slightly acidic soil, drained soil, with a pH between 5.6-6.2. If you’re unsure about your soil, get it tested. Make any needed adjustments to the soil before planting such as adding soil amendments.
Pruning Blackberry Bushes
When pruning your blackberry bush you want to make sure you have sharp, clean scissors and gardening gloves. Next, you will want to cut the canes of your plant to about 2ft in size. If the canes are already at 2ft then cut the tip off about an inch. Lastly, cut away any dead, broken, or diseased canes.
Raspberry Bush Care
Raspberry bushes need full sunlight and well-drained soil to properly grow and produce fruit. Raspberries grow best in USDA zones 4-8. They also should be pruned yearly to ensure fruiting for the following season.
Where to Plant Raspberry Bushes
Raspberries prefer full sun and well draining soil to produce to their fullest potential. Choose a planting site that exhibits these qualities and still gives the plant room to grow. Plant raspberry or blackberry bushes in the ground but they will also grow well in containers if you are limited on space.
How to Plant Raspberry Bushes
When Planting Raspberry Bushes you will need to make sure the soil is amended with proper nutrients and drainage requirements. Once this is done you will need to dig a hole that is 2-3 times the size of the root ball. Lastly, carefully take the root ball from the pot and place it in the hole making sure it’s ground level and then backfill the hole with nutrient soil.
Best Soil for Raspberry Bushes
Raspberries enjoy well draining soil such as sand amended soil. These plants also need nutrient rich soil to properly thrive such as. Manure, yard waste, and compost are great additions to add to your raspberry bushes for the added benefits.
Pruning Raspberry Bushes
To prune your raspberry bush start by cutting the tip of new shoots to encourage branching in Spring. Then you will want to top those same canes 3-4 inches in the summer. After harvesting, remove all dead canes and any canes that are about half an inch in diameter. The next Spring season you will want to prune any canes that are weak until you have four to five healthy, thick canes.
Transplanting Raspberry Bushes
In order to transplant your raspberry bush, you want to make sure you have a new planting site with rich soil ready. Next, cut the canes down to about ten inches or so and dig around the plant; at least a foot all the way around. Lastly, place your bush into the planting site hole and backfill with nutrient soil.