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Boysenberries: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Boysenberries are a cross between blackberries, raspberries, and loganberries. They are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Boysenberry bushes can grow very tall and will require a trellis to help support the height. Boysenberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it usually takes a year for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.

How to Grow:

You can plant boysenberry bushes after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

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 Plants:

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!

 

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Pests:

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:

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Harvesting:

Boysenberry bushes will begin to produce fruit within 1-2 years after transplanting.

Boysenberry bushes will fruit in the summer typically during the months of June, July, and August. Wait to pick the boysenberries until they have turned a dark purple. You will most likely have to wait a year until the plant starts producing, but it is well worth the wait!

Cooking & Eating!

Boysenberries taste amazing right off the vine or baked into a pie!

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