Growing berries in Northeast Florida

maduce(9)June 2, 2013

We eat a lot of fresh berries lately since they are available nearly year-round in local markets (and Costco), but they are expensive and often not very good. I am talking primarily about raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. I was wondering if anyone has experience in growing these berries in this area (region 9, NE Florida)? We are very near the coast, between Jacksonville and St Augustine. I spent most of my life in Southern California where we could grow these (blackberries and raspberries). My recollection is that they take a lot of space but make very good barriers due to their thorns. I wouldn't consider strawberries since they are grown in a totally different way that those that come from permanent bushes. I would appreciate any input.

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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Maduce,

I am in central Florida 9A. What type of soil do you have up your way? If you are 9A Raspberries are going to be tough. I grow a lot of Mysore black raspberries and that is about all I can grow for raspberries. They are thorny but quite good.

Blackberries you can grow most all of them. I have tried a few and now just grow Kiowa which are big and taste great.

Blueberries I grow about 200 bushes and with them you have lots of choices.

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