Do gophers like your blueberries and raspberries?

elschApril 21, 2011

Hi everyone.

I'm about to plant blueberries and raspberries and wondering if they popular with the underground crowd -- are gophers prone to eating their roots?

If so I think I will plant them in baskets.


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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Gophers will eat anything, Elvie. I don't plant my blueberries in the ground since it's so hard to keep the soil acidic enough. I can be done, but it's a LOT of work. Easier to grow them in pots in California, so that might be a consideration if you're concerned about gophers. Can't speak to raspberries, but if they're near gopher activity, they will be a target.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 10:26PM
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Aren't berries in the rose family? Gophers love rose roots, I'm sure they'd love berry roots too.

When I planted my blackberries I put them in gopher baskets. So far so good.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 11:28AM
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Well if so, they don't seem to make a dent in the neighbors blackberries which border and creep under my fence.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 1:51PM
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