Blackberry and Raspberry Report (late Spring 2014)
Though I would report out on my berry progress. Let me know how your blackberries and raspberries are coming along. I'm in Northern Kentucky (zone 6a/6b).
-Triple Crown (year 3) : Vigorous growth. About 30% bloomed. No berries. New growth up to 4ft.
-Black Satin (year 2) : Moderate growth. Not blooming yet. New growth up to 3ft.
-Oauchita (year 2) - Vigorous growth. About 70% bloomed. Green berries. New growth up to 5ft.
-Marion (year 3) - Vigorous growth. About 90% bloomed. Green berries with a hint of red. New growth up to 5ft. (2 plants with 4 canes: good for Marion).
-Siskiyou (year 2) : Very vigorous growth. About 90% bloomed. Green berries with a hint of red. New growth up to 5ft. 2 plants with 5-6 canes per plant. : inch diameter canes but only one berry per fruiting lateral on most of the plant: probably influenced by plant maturity.
-Columbia Star (year 1) - Moderate growth from TC plant. Just starting to send out multiple canes but only about a couple of inches tall.
-Newberry (year 1) : Mixed growth. One plant is very vigorous the other basically restarted from a TC size. Vigorous plant has three green berries. Growth about 2ft on vigorous plant.
-Loganberry (year 3) : Mixed growth but trending to vigorous. Plants seem to do fine in less than desirable soil. Green berries with red tint. Canes up to 3ft on one plant but closer to 2ft on the others.
-Wild Treasure (year 3) : Slower growth but I kind of abused the plant. It:s growth and has several berries that are turning red. About 1ft of new growth but plant looks reasonably healthy now.
-Prime Ark 45 (year) : Very vigorous growth. Suffered a lot of winter damage to last year:s canes but sprout new fruiting laterals that are up to 3ft long. A few primocanes are reaching 6ft and have been summer pruned. Won:t let them get as tall as last year because of risk of wind damage.
-Black Diamond (year 3) : Moderate to vigorous growth. 5 canes this year only one last year. Canes are around 3ft long. Much bigger and healthier plant this year. No berries. Lost last year:s growth to cane borers but treated plant with insecticide this year for protection.
-Boysenberries (year 3) : Started with vigorous growth but soon developed either septoria leaf spot or anthracnose again. Then spread it to surrounding plants. Decided to remove them due to susceptibility to disease and as a risk to other nearby plants. Kept two other smaller boysenberry plants in pots and they have green berries but are much smaller in size.
-Von (year 1) : Planted about a month ago and all of the bareroot plants failed to grow. Dug one up to check on its progress but it appears dead. Maybe bad bareroot plants : have never had this happen before.
-Anne (year 2) : moderate growth. New canes are up to 3ft. Blooming at 50%. Early small berries are present (2nd year canes). Still having some winter damage impact. Some over wintered canes sprout leaves then died. Will switch to primocane only cropping this year.
-Caroline (year 2) : moderate growth. New canes are up to 3ft. Blooming at 75%. Early small berries are present (2nd year canes). Will switch to primocane only cropping this year.
-Double Gold (year 2) : was TC plant last fall but had enough growth to fruit out. New canes are slow growers at about 2ft. Blooming at 75%. These are trial plants. Not sure I will keep them long term.
-Jewel Black Raspberry (year 2) : vigorous growth. Each plant has 4-6 canes which are much more than last year and the canes are much thicker. Started summer pruning canes as the reach 3ft. 100% bloomed and berries are green.
-Mac Black Raspberry (year 2) : moderate growth. Each plant has 3-4 canes which are more than last year and the canes are thicker. 25% bloomed. Canes are approaching 3ft but have not pruned yet.
-Royalty Purple Raspberry (year 2) : vigorous growth. Multiple canes present per plant location. Canes are approaching 4ft. Blooms are at 50%. White / early berry stage.
-Cascade Delight (year 2) : vigorous growth. Raspberry bed has filled in and blooms are at 50% with berries on some. Canes are over 3ft.
-Wineberry (year 2) - moderate growth. winter killed all canes from last year. New growth up to 2.5ft.
Berry Patch Issues.
- Some yellowed lower leaves on most plants. I'm thinking it is a sign of heat and/or water stress.
- Leaf spot (either septoria or anthracnose) showed up after the first several days at or over 80F. It was really bad on the boysenberries. Some also showed up on Kotata and Siskiyou as well. This typically isn't an issue for any of the erect and semi-erect varieties.
- Insects. A couple of tobacco worms, a few stink bugs, a few red neck cane borers (now that I know what they look like), and leaf hoppers.
- Pollinators. Mainly bumblebees and mason bees. Almost no honey bees.
- Birds. Purchased a large roll of Plantra bird netting to cover the berries. So much better than the cheap stuff from the big box stores.
- Rabbits. None so far.
-Squirrels. No real damage but they keep digging holes in my beds looking for nuts I guess.
-Water. With the warmer weather and less rain, I started the drip irrigation this week. Rain seems to be hit or miss.