How to Grow:
Boysenberry bushes are not commonly planted within a square foot garden, but if it is kept trimmed, you can plant it within at least 2 square feet. Boysenberry bushes will need a trellis that is in the full sun to part shade to thrive. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water weekly being careful not to let dry out as they are not drought tolerant.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!
Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for boysenberries:
- Cabbage Loopers
- Fruit Worms
- Japanese Beetles (June Bugs)
- Leaf-footed Bug
- Raspberry Cane Borer
- Spider Mites
Boysenberry bushes will begin to produce fruit within 1-2 years after transplanting.