Ok, an update on our various berry plants. The lack of a late freeze has been a boon to all our plants, and trees.
Really got the brambles weeded well last week. After that, they all got a dose of fertilizer, the rasps got Hollytone and the blacks got a bit of 10-10-10. The plants seemed to really respond well to getting the weeds out of the way. After some heavy rain over the weekend, and sunny, warm days this week, I expect a lot of growth.
Yesterday I did a little bit more weeding and pruned out the dead canes. My Osage blackberry had quite a bit of winter dieback on the tips, Ouachita seemed to fare better, as did Triple Crown. The PA Traveler has started to set some fruit buds, and Freedom has really sprouted a bunch of new canes, about a dozen already.
Prelude and Killarney rasps are about to bloom. Eden had a couple two foot long canes bad, one cane looks like it made it, with a few new canes coming up. Nova has two 3ft canes full of leaves, and I expect it to start showing some fruit buds soon. Prelude, Anne and Fall Gold have really pushed up a bunch of primocanes. The black rasps are still alive, but haven’t grown as well as the others. They have pushed up a few new canes, though.
Strawberries are shaping up, there are a lot of thumbnail sized berries on what looks like some of the Earliglow plants, Jewel plants haven’t set as many, but it’s a later berry. We should have a good crop of EG in a few weeks. I picked up 25 Flavorfest on Friday, might plant those today or tomorrow.
Our big Oregon Champion gooseberry has a load of fruit buds getting pollenized, so I expect a big crop off that plant. The other two plants, not much yet, but they have responded well to the fert they got last month.
We have a couple blueberry plants left, two of them croaked last year, my guess is too much rain, and not enough fertilizer. We still have a little Patriot and a scraggly Blueray bush, but not expecting much from them. I’m thinking bloobs aren’t a good idea here, might try some rabbiteyes if these don’t work out.
I’ll post some pics that I took yesterday soon.
Would like to hear how other folks’ berries are doing.