If you're a big fan of berries, you're going to love boysenberries! The boysenberry plant is basically a combination of blackberries, raspberries, and loganberries. Their sweet and tart flavor are very reminiscent of blackberries, and their colors vary from red, pink, and dark purple. Boysenberries are usually eaten raw, just like any other berries, or made into jams, perseveres, or juices. Read more to learn about how to grow boysenberries, care for them, and harvest them!
How to Grow Boysenberries in Your Garden
- Most boysenberries grow in USDA zones 5-9. Oregon and New Zealand are the largest producers of boysenberries.
- Select an area with full sun.
- Choose well draining, sandy loam soil that will have a pH of 5.8-6.5.
- Do not plant the boysenberry plant anywhere where tomatoes, eggplant, or potatoes may have grown before.
- Plant boysenberries about 4 weeks before the last frost date.
- Dig a hole 1-2 feet deep and 3-4 feet wide.
- Place the boysenberry into the hole with the crown of the plant about two inches below the soil line.
- Spread the roots out into the hole.
- Fill the hole back up with soil and water.
- Support the plant as it matures with a trellis or a fence.
- Keep the plants moist but never wet. Always water at the base of the plant and never on the leaves.
- Fertilize with a 20-20-20 application in early spring as new growth begins.
Now that you know how to grow boysenberries, it's time to get to planting!