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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.
Cane Berry CareWe 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.
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.
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.
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.