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Bare Root Berries
How To Choose A Blackberry
Consider your climate, your soil, the location of the plants and your tolerance for thorns! Some of the tastiest and most prolific berries have thorns. Decide which varieties best suit your needs.
Blackberries flourish in full sun in most climates and they prefer rich, moist soil and generous fertilization. Drip irrigation is recommended as the leaves will stay dry and the plants are less likely to get rust, a fungal disease. The trailing canes need major support, typically a fence, and the more upright varieties such as Apache and Navajo also do better with some support. Allow the plants to grow naturally the first year and then train them on the supports the second year. The trailing varieties can be tied or woven along the supports. After producing berries, the fruiting canes should be cut to the ground.
Blackberry, Baby Cakes Thornless
Dwarf bush perfect for pots. Grows three to four feet with a compact, rounded habit. Large, sweet berries ripen in summer and, in most areas, are produced twice a year. 400 hours. Zones 4 to 8. Potted.
Blackberry, Black Satin Thornless
Blackberry with medium to large black fruit with honey sweet flavor. Vigorous grower with semi-erect, thornless, heavy yielding canes. Rarely suckers, very disease resistant. Requires summer heat to fully ripen. Ripens in July. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5.
Blackberry, Chester Thornless
Large, firm, high quality fruit with sweet, very good flavor. Similar to Hull with better resistance to cane blight, slightly hardier. Will not soften, leak or lose color in hot weather. Cold hardy to -12 degrees F; most winter hardy of the thornless varieties. Semi-upright. Late season producer with very long production season.
Blackberry, Loch Ness Thornless
Large, firm, conical glossy black berries with excellent flavor. Heavy crops produced on semi-erect canes. Very winter hardy. Zones 5 to 9. Ripens from late June into August.
Blackberry with medium to large, bright red to black, firm, very flavorful fruit with faint wild blackberry flavor; similar to Olallie. Excellent quality for fresh eating, freezing, canning. Produces on vigorous, trailing canes. Cold hardy to zone 5; best flavor in cooler summer climates. Leading variety in Pacific Northwest. Ripens mid July to mid August.
Large, shiny, firm black fruit. Sweet, less tart than blackberries; will sweeten even in cool coastal climates. Vigorous grower, very productive. Commercial variety in California. Ripens in June.
Unique old variety from Luther Burbank, introduced in 1916. Berries are white with all the flavor of a regular blackberry. Trailing habit. Ripens in late July. Hardy to zone 5. Potted.
Blackberry, Triple Crown Thornless
Named for its three crowning attributes: flavor, productivity and vigor. High yields begin with first harvest from mid July to mid August. Semi-erect thornless canes can grow 12-15 feet long and bear large, firm, tasty berries. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 5.
Large, soft, reddish black fruit. Very juicy with sweet-tart flavor and delightful aroma. Good for canning, freezing and eating fresh. Boysenberries produce in mild winter areas; can be grown on coast or inland. Ripens in June.
Less vigorous with lower yields than regular boysenberry. Extremely large, almost seedless, juicy, sweet berries, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" long and 1" wide. Juicy, full-bodied flavor, more than a blackberry. Plant grows five feet tall. Bears the first year after planting. Heavy producer during May and June. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Requires winter protection below -5 degrees F.
Gooseberry, Black Velvet
Award winning variety that produces excellent large sweet fruit. Outstanding flavor when vine-ripened. Vigorous shrub is very disease resistant. Extremely cold hardy. Zones 3 to 8. Potted.
Large, oval, light green berries turn rosy pink when fully ripe. The fruit is soft, juicy and high in sugar, with rich pink flesh. Makes excellent pies and preserves. Bush is moderately vigorous and productive. It is an upright grower with ornamental, glossy, dark green leaves; practically thornless. Mildew resistant. Thrives in partial shade where summers are hot; drought tolerant. Leaves turn purple in fall. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
Thought to be a wild cross between a red raspberry and a blackberry. Soft, medium to large, lavender-red berry does not darken while ripening. Unique tart or sour flavor because of high acidity. Loganberries are highly prized for pies, juice, canning and wine making. Thornless canes with average yield; very drought tolerant. Needs cold winter to set well. Hardiness similar to Boysenberry. Ripens in June.
Extra large red raspberries up to an inch and a half long. Fine flavor, excellent for all uses. Hardy to 0 degrees F, but does well in warmest climates of the USA. Large crop in June and a smaller one in autumn. Propagated by tissue culture to ensure varietal integrity. Patent No. 4732. Potted.
Medium to large. Light red berry. Firm, sweet and excellent for fresh use or freezing. Vigorous canes. Moderate winter hardiness. Likes cooler summers. Nearly thornless at harvest heights. High level of virus and aphid immunity. Hardy to Zone 5. Ripens in June.
Fall bearing red raspberry with exceptional flavor. Very good yields and tolerant of phytophthora root rot. Widely adaptable. Great performer for commercial and home gardens. Hardy to zone 4. Potted.
Raspberry, Fall Gold
Everbearing. Golden raspberries are very sweet, large to very large, conical, soft, juicy and non-crumbling. Excellent for fresh eating and processing. Adaptable to a wide variety of soils. Highly recommended for upper south and mountain areas; not recommended for extreme northern areas. Plant is vigorous and winter hardy to zone 4. Ripens in July and September in warmer areas and late spring and July/August until hard frost in cooler areas.
Raspberry, Heritage Red
Everbearing. Very large, firm berry; popular commercial raspberry variety. Bears excellent quality moderate early July crop and heavy crop of medium quality early September fruit. Vigorous, hardy canes are erect and need no staking or tying. Most popular fall variety nationwide; very adaptable.
Compact clusters of large to very large glossy black berries of very high quality. Firm and juicy with rich flavor. Extremely vigorous and productive. Most disease resistant of all black raspberries. Cold hardy to zone 4. Potted.
Raspberry, Raspberry Shortcake
Thornless, compact bush to two to three feet, perfect for pots. Dense growth. 800 hours. Zones 4 to 9. Potted.
Also known as wolfberry. Weeping shrub reaches six to nine feet and produces copious quantities of small, bright red berries that can be eaten fresh, dried or used in cooking. Highest level of antioxidants of any food plant. Also high in protein and amino acids. Fruit starts ripening in July. Afternoon shade in hottest climates. Prefers well-drained soil. Self-fruitful. Zones 5-9. Potted.