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Where to Buy Our Fruit Trees, Vines and Berries

Currently you can purchase blueberries and some selected deciduous fruit trees in small sizes on our Other Edibles Page.  A much larger selection of trees, vines and berries are available from nurseries and garden centers in Northern California.

Outstanding!

"I just wanted to let you know that I was very, very impressed with the quality and vigor of the Kieffer Lime I purchased from you. It came out of the box with great leaf color and quantity and has been putting on lots of new growth. Thank you!"

Tanya
Bend, OR

Cane Berry

We have selected thornless varieties of blackberries and boysenberries which produce well in sunny locations. (Rubus ursinus). They are trailing berries and are more manageable when trellised.

Blackberries

Ollalie

Ollalie is one of the best known blackberries. It is a cross between blackberry, loganberry, and youngberry.

Black Satin Blackberry

Black Satin Blackberry has not thorns or suckers, with large luscious berries with unique tart/sweet fruit, good for eating or preserving. Self pollinating but more productive with a second variety planted close. Canes are shiny and smooth, like Satin, and delightfully thornless.

Triple Crown Blackberry

also has heavy crops of large, tasty fruit. Wonderful,
sweet flavor without the acidic tang of the some varieties. It ripens in late July on thorn less, semi-erect 12 to 15' canes.

Boysenberries

Thornless Boysenberries

Thornless Boysenberries originated in California. They have reddish-black, juicy, large, plump fruit. Wonderful to harvest in the home garden.

Red Raspberries

Canby Red Raspberry

Canby Red Raspberry is a large, good flavored, firm, and juicy berry from Oregon.
It is good for freezing, canning, cooking, and eating fresh. The canes are vigorous
and productive.

Amity Raspberry

Amity Raspberry is another variety developed in Oregon. Large, firm, dark red berries with classic flavor and superior quality. Amity is good for shipping, freezing, and canning. Amity can produce two crops. One on the first year growth in the Fall (beginning in late August), and again the following June on the 2 year old wood.

Heritage (Everbearing)

#1 everbearing variety nationwide.  A large firm berry with excellent quality.  Moderate summer crop and heavy production of quality fruit in fall.  An everbearing variety with good vigor, and hardy canes that do not need staking.  Mature height is 3-8 feet with a spread of 4-8 feet.  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4.

Yellow Raspberries

Fall Gold Raspberry

Fall Gold Raspberry is a large, conical, sweet golden berry, which can produce two crops. It is excellent for processing and eating fresh. Amazing Flavor. Canes are vigorous, productive, and adaptable to a wide variety of soils. First crop starts in July, the second crop from late August until frost.

Cane Berry Care

We have selected thornless varieties of blackberries and boysenberries which produce well in sunny locations.  (Rubus ursinus).  They are trailing berries and are more manageable when trellised.

Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are mainly grown in the relatively cool, marine climates. In valley climates, most varieties grow best with some afternoon shade. Red raspberries have invasive roots and will spread unless contained by borders or hoed in the spring.

Planting
Plant raspberries in the ground in rows or in containers, space plants 3' apart. For best results, plant berries in full sun (or afternoon shade in hot climates) in rich, well drained soil using a trellis or fence for support. Most are ever-bearing, producing 2 crops per year: the heaviest crop in the fall and a lighter crop in June. Prune out and remove older canes during the dormant.season (after the second crop) or to control size.

Amend soil with well composed organic matter. If undecomposed material is used such as leaves or manure, do not plant for 2 months to allow it to break down. Buried pockets of organic matter may become toxic to roots. Mulching with organic matter is a good option.

All the Cane Berries are shallow rooted and will fill a space 3 to 4 feet wide. Beds should be at least that wide and 1 to 2 feet deep. If soil does not drain well, use raised beds.

Watering
Cane Berries like moist but not overly wet soil. Soil type will dictate water use. Irrigate with soaker hoses or drip lines rather than overhead watering, because it can cause fruit rot.

Fertilizing
If leaf color is good and the plants are growing and fruiting well, it is not necessary to fertilize. If fertilizer is needed, rake back mulch, spread fertilizer on top of the soil and recover with mulch. In early spring or at first bloom, apply a 20-20-20 formula at a rate of 4 lbs per lOO ft of row. Organic fertilizers such as blood meal, cottonseed meal, fish meal or alfalfa meal are an alternative application.

Trellising
Cane Berries are manageable in a garden if they are trellised and pruned correctly. End posts should be strong (4 to 6 inches in diameter) with intermediate posts at least 2x2 inches, spaced no more than 20 ft apart. Strong galvanized wire (No. 10-12) should be used for durability.

Blackberries and boysenberries are commonly grown on 3 wire trellis or double 3 wire trellis. A good technique for raspberries is to have a permanent wire at 4 ft and a detachable wire at 21/2 ft. The detachable wires are used to bring the newly grown canes into the rows. Double wires can also be used and provide more air circulation.

Pruning
Blackberries: After the summer harvest, the old canes that fruited are cut back to the ground. Leave 5 to 8 new canes per plant and all the other new canes are cut back to the ground. In the winter, cut the new canes back to 5 to 6 ft long and spread them across the trellis. Side branches can be cut back to 12 inches.  In spring and summer, watch for thorny “suckers” and cut them off at the ground level.

Raspberries: Hoe out canes that extend into pathways. After late spring harvest, remove the old fruiting canes, select and tie the strongest well-spaced new canes (8-12 per plant) to the trellis wire and cut off the remaining canes at the ground level.

Everbearing varieties bear mostly on current season's growth in the fall (from September through November), so they are usually completely cut back to the ground each winter. If a small June crop is desired, the canes are instead cut below the autumn fruiting region rather than cutting the entire cane back to the ground.

Summer bearing varieties bear fruit in June on over-wintered canes while new vegetative shoots grow from the ground to become the next year's fruiting canes. No canes are removed in winter (except for weak, damaged or broken canes) Instead the canes are shortened to 6 ft. All fruiting canes are cut back to the ground after harvest allowing new canes to grow.