Picture this; you wake up in the morning, head out into your garden, pluck fresh boysenberries from the plants, and use them to make jellies and jams. Doesn't that sound wonderful? Well, if you happen to grow boysenberries in your garden, then this scenario might actually turn out to be real. But growing boysenberries isn't only helpful in making jams at home.
If you look at it in an economical sense, you're saving a whole lot by not purchasing fresh berries from the market and cutting down on your purchase of jams and jellies as well. To grow boysenberries, you really don't have to be an expert gardener or should have grown any other berries before. All you've got to do is follow the instructions given to you in this article on growing boysenberries, and wait for the fruits of your labor.
Grow Boysenberry Fruit
The fruit is a cross between raspberries, blackberries, and loganberries. In order to produce boysenberries, you need to be sure that the plant gets enough room to spread out. The vines of the plant will start looking for space to spread out and grow vigorously. After the first year of sowing, the plants might not bear that many fruits you may have in mind. But after the vines have had time to establish themselves and proper care and maintenance is provided, you can expect to have a basket filled with these berries.
As you read through the article, you will see the instructions on how to grow boysenberries and understand what the plants need to grow strong and lush.
Location for Planting Boysenberries
Before we can start imagining a garden filled with fresh and ripe berries, we need to determine where to exactly sow the young plants. These plants love sunlight but can't take harsh winds blowing throughout the day. Hence, select a location where the plants can have sunlight almost throughout the day with partial shade.
If you have used your garden to grow eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, or any other berries, don't plant boysenberries for 3 years. The leaves from all these plants might have left certain diseases that can integrate with the soil and be harmful for the boysenberry plants. Other soil requirements include, the water has to drain out properly so that it doesn't stay stagnant and ruin the vines that grow out. The soil needs to be rich in nutrients like compost or other organic material. As for helping the water drain properly, you can add sandy loam to the soil.
Planting & Watering Boysenberry Vines
In your garden, plant the vines in a straight row at least 3 feet apart from one another. The best time of the year for planting the vines is either June or July. When warm climate approaches, you will have to add a covering layer of newspapers around the rows of boysenberry plants. This protects them from weeds. Also, placing mulch hay around the area won't hurt either. By next year, during spring time, the newspaper layer would've decomposed on their own, and the plants would have plenty of time to grow.
After you have planted vines, between October and March, the boysenberry plants will require regular watering. However, the watering requirements can vary depending on the seasons and weather conditions. When the weather is extremely hot, use overhead sprinklers to keep the berries from burning in the sun.
Best Time to Grow Boysenberries
Usually, boysenberry plant leaves appear around September, and the flowers begin to bloom close to middle of October. After about two months' time, mid December is the time when you will find ripe fruits on the vines. Once the fruits begin to ripe, you will have to pluck them at least once a week or every 5 days.
In the coming year, again the cycle begins from middle of October where the new canes appear and grow swiftly. You will have to nail down the new canes as sometimes, while plucking boysenberries, they could get stepped on. Once the harvesting of boysenberries is over, you can let them grow properly.