Tips on Growing Berries
Berries are among the most delicious and healthy sweet snacks, that can come right out of your garden. As you know, there are many different berry varieties, however they all have certain things in common – they are small, and very tasty. Today we are going to share some tips on growing berries, particularly strawberries and raspberries.
The botanical definition of a berry is that of a fleshy fruit, which is grown from a single ovary. However, in everyday life, a berry is a small tasty fruit, and when we say ‘berry’ we usually refer to strawberries, raspberries, and others.
Strawberries – sweet small red berries – are actually hybrid fruits that are grown throughout the whole world and used as the most delicious desert. There are several types of berries: June-bearing, ever-bearing, and day-neutral.
The first type grows in zones 6 to 10. The name doesn’t imply that the crop will only be in June, as these berries will ripen even in April, but it largely depends on the warmth of a climate. The Everbearing strawberry type produces crops in June and September and grows in zones 6 to 8. The day-neutral berries are almost the same, except the crop would be significantly smaller.
There are two categories of raspberries: one is ripe by summer, while the other waits for the fall. The summer-bearing plants produce one big crop of berries in late summer, while the fall-bearing plants can ripen twice – in early autumn and smaller crop next year. There are different color variations: red, black and yellow, and the first variety is the stronger type in terms of weather resistance.
As you know, raspberries fill up the space that was allocated to them very fast, so it is important to space them apart when planting. Raspberries require pruning, but the pruning process largely depends on a variety. Raspberries grow up to 4-6 inches tall, but don’t require trellis if you have posts, which they can climb.