I'd like to grow raspberries, thornless blackberries and blueberries in the Concord area. Do they do well here? Are there certain varieties I should try?
Thanks in advance.
Vallejo is SWGB Zone 17; Concord is Zone 15.
Here are the berries that will grow there:
Black Raspberry --
(plus pollenizer: Chico Male, Mar Vista, or just "Male")
Kiwi (A. kolomikta "Arctic Beauty") --
September Sun (+ male)
Kiwi (A. arguta "Hardy Kiwi") --
-- need male pollenizer (such as ÂPacificÂ)
Langer Issai (self-fruitful)
Red Raspberry --
Strawberry, "Fraise des Boise" --
Thanks, Joe! Your list is very helpful. Now I just need to track them down.
concord is central contra costa not eastern fyi
Since Concord gets quite hot in the summer, is it better to plant raspberries someplace where they get afternoon shade? How about blackberries?
I know for sure most thornless blackberries would be fine. Mine gets almost all day sun and doing fine as long as they're irrigated. I'm at the East Bay.
Old thread, but I'll add my 2-cents:
I'm in Concord and have had success with Caroline red raspberries although they require shade. At first I had them in a large planter as I was unsure how much light/shade; this way I could move them around until they were happy. They burned in full sun (despite plenty of water) and do best on the north side of a large shade tree, getting only afternoon sun.
I also had tried a Blackberry (sorry, forgot culivar, but it was advertised as nearly seedless) and while it grew fine for a couple years (adjacent by raspberry), it didn't produce more than one or two berries.