Berries for Your Backyard

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If you want to grow sweet, tasty berries, it’s important to choose types and varieties for the climate and conditions of your area. A berry that thrives in New England, for example, may struggle in the West, and in some parts of the country, a particular type of berry may not grow at all. Here are some regional recommendations. *Note: Serviceberry is also known as saskatoon and Juneberry.

Region New England - Upper Great Lakes Mid-Atlantic - Ohio Valley Southeast Upper Midwest - Canada Texas - Oklahoma Rockies & High Plains Northwest Southwest
Grower Stella Otto
Maple City,
Michigan
Richard Moyer
Briston,
Tennessee
Charlie Edwards
Ruston,
Louisiana
Duane Reynolds
New Hope,
Minnesota
Doreen Howard
Angleton,
Texas
Kerrie Badertscher
Boulder,
Colorado
Kathy Fives
Canby,
Oregon
Claude Sweet
San Diego,
California
Strawberry ‘Tristar’
Best flavor of any.
‘Earliglow’ ‘Quinalt’ ‘Tristar’
Tolerant of weather extremes.
‘Chandler’
Sweet, big, and keeps on producing.
‘Ogallala’
‘Tristar’
‘Tristar’ ‘Chandler’
Blueberry
(x pollinator)
‘Northblue x Northsky’
(half-high)
‘Jersey x Berkley’
(highbush)

‘Tiffblue x Woodard’
(rabbiteye)

‘Tiffblue x Woodard’
(rabbiteye)

The best!

‘Kay Gray x Northblue’
(half-high)

Pleasure to eat.

‘Beckyblue x Aliceblue’
(rabbiteye)
Not Recommended.

Plant serviceberry* instead.

‘Sunshine Blue’

‘Bluecrop’
(highbush)

Bluecrop has large, high-quality fruit; disease-resistant.

‘Premier x Powderblue’
(rabbiteye)
Raspberry ‘Canby’

You can count on it every year.

‘Heritage’

Bulletproof.

Not recommended. ‘Fallgold’
(yellow)

Sweet and juicy.

Not recommended. ‘Plainsman’
(red fall-bearer)
‘Canby’

Sweet and full-flavored.

Not recommended.
Blackberry ‘Chester Thornless’ ‘Navajo’

Big berries and thornless.

‘Navajo’

Large berries.

Not recommended. ‘Rosborough’

Small seeds in berries.

Not recommended. ‘Chester Thornless’ ‘Cherokee’
Other Berries ‘Hinnomaki Yellow’
gooseberry

‘Jhonkeer van Tets’
red currant

Gooseberries and currants love our cool summers.

‘Jennybelle’
serviceberry*

‘Crandall’
clove currant

‘Crandall’ is disease-resistant and takes the heat and cold.

Not recommended. ‘Minnesota 71’
red currant

‘Pixwell’
gooseberry

Not recommended. ‘Pembina’
serviceberry*

‘Consort’
black currant

‘Cherry’
red currant

‘Welcome’
gooseberry

‘Smokey’
serviceberry*

‘Koralle’
lingonberry

‘Pilgrim’
cranberry

‘Poorman’
gooseberry

Not recommended.

 

 

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Do red raspberries have a

Do red raspberries have a need for egg shells in the soil?

We're not sure what you're

We're not sure what you're asking. Raspberries prefer a deep, well-drained, sandy loam soil. At least 5% organic matter is helpful.
Eggshells can be added to compost as a mix of organic ingredients if the shells are dried and ground as fine as possible before adding. If using compost, you'd want to mix into the soil int he late fall or early winter.
We generally use eggshells to prevent slugs from feeding on plants such as lettuce.