[NAFEX] Are Brambles good for me to try
tanistanis at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 3 15:52:38 EDT 2007
In sand & light soils you want good reliable irrigation for bramble fruits.
The crop of black raspberries this year looked great, despite the late
freeze, until the temps were a bit high for a few days and the rain held
off. It means extra searching to find plants where water ponds a little or
flows off a roof.
Blackberries here (a county east of and sandier soil than Muffy's place) are
even smaller-fruited and suffer more from low rainfall, but the canes seem
to be greatly drought-tolerant, growing interwoven thorny thickets on the
highest driest sand piles. Years ago they flowered only after mild winters,
(or sometimes after a regular winter if deep snowdrifts had covered the
blossom buds) and the rare good crops could be harvested from better soils.
Now they flower even after last winter's "harsh" weather!
Red raspberries? Certainly the best fruit-to-thorn ratio, but everyone who
grows them has too many, and then the viruses catch up with them and wreck
the fruit production but the canes & rhizomes remain.
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Are Brambles good for me to try
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 18:17:44 GMT
I guess it depends on where you are. Up nort' here, we have wild
blackberries but they only make a few mostly small and never very sweet
(although rich) fruits; the black raspberries are also small, but there seem
to be more of them and it's a lot easier to pick a decent quantity. I agree
that the flavor is superb although if someone really likes "sweet" fruit it
might not be the one to choose (whereas I find that some reds taste really
sweet along with the tart).
I don't think that black
raspberries ever crop as heavily as blackberries. What do you all think?
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