[NAFEX] (NAFEX) Temperate berry crops
Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Thu Jan 11 13:00:22 EST 2007
It's important to remember that blackberries are hardy in Zone 3 only if
they are protected by adequate snowcover. While enduring accumulations
of snow are common in Minnesota, they are less so in the Great Plains
states like Nebraska due to periodic warm spells in winter. -- Sam
Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn. (USDA Zone 4b)
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Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2007 7:40 AM
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Subject: [NAFEX] (NAFEX) Temperate berry crops
I'm pretty sure that Jim Fruth has blackberries up there in zone 3,
zone 5 shouldn't be that big a deal. I'm not sure red raspberries can
the heat and drought all that well. Comments anyone? The black
do sort of ok here, but never the huge crops that blackberries serve up.
Here is a nice map and listings from Pense Nursery:
I notice that they have some different info on their plants from Simmons
Berry Farm, where I ordered last year.
Simmons orders were for 5 plants each, looks like at Pense you can order
of each if you like. I'd order at least 2 of each variety, (after
around for info on just which varieties you want), just in case you lose
When I did a search for blackberries + zone, I got a NAFEX archived
from Vic to Del offering him some Z3 blackberries. So you needn't worry
your little head about blackberries taking the cold. As for the heat
drought, they can probably take that if you can get them established.
Chickasaw is said to be the most heat and drought resistant. We were as
as your fencepost was back in the fall of 2005, and still had wild
blackberries cropping in '06. What I have read is that the thornless
like the soil a little more acid than the thorny ones. As for flavor,
berries picked commercially will be picked for black color, not for
ripeness. Most people buying them were probably planning on cooking
with lots of sugar anyway, or putting them in a salad with sweeter fruit
just for their color. RIPE blackberries are plenty sweet enough to eat
the field, and with a minor bit of lily gilding, are excellent eating in
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