Boysenberry Plants
Posted by Pat Harper on September 20 2012 08:52:19

Have you ever wondered why the boysenberry tastes like a tangy raspberry but looks like a blackberry? You guessed it right and may have missed out on another pertinent fact. Developed by Rudolph Boysen in 1923, the man from whom it was named, boysenberry plants are actually a cross - not only of the blackberry and the raspberry plants, but the loganberry plant, as well. The commercial cultivation of Boysenberry plants was started in 1935 by Walter Knott. Here's how to grow boysenberry plants to always have that homemade boysenberry jam or preserve in your pantry or a bowl of fresh boysenberries on the table.

Growing Boysenberry Plants

1) Choose a site with plenty of sunlight, minimal wind, and a soil that drains well and is rich in compost. Boysenberry should be planted about 3 feet apart. If you are in the USDA Zone 5 or colder areas, plant in late spring. If you are in Zone 6 or warmer regions, plant during late fall. In as much as boysenberry plants trail, provide a trellis or your fence for them to grow into. The boysenberry plants usually bear fruit in the month of May.

2) If you, however, choose to grow boysenberry plants on the ground - do not use sites that had been previously planted to tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, peppers, or other berry plants during the last 3 years. These plants can leave diseases in the soil that will affect the growth of the boysenberry plants.

3) Boysenberry plants do not need too much nor too little water and require very little organic fertilizer. Like other trailing plants, boysenberries should be pruned regularly.

4) Boysenberry plants will bear fruit on the second year of growth. After harvesting, cut the boysenberry plants close to the growth to promote fresh growth for fruit-bearing the following year and thoroughly water them.

Thornless Boysenberry Plants

Thornless boysenberry plants have been developed and you may wish to use this variety for easier maintenance and fruit harvesting due to the absence of sharp thorns. Thornless boysenberry plants are cultivated in the same manner as the regular thorny ones. Berries from thornless boysenberry plants have less seeds and are thus more ideal for eating fresh.

Buying Boysenberry Plants

Where to buy boysenberry plants is not an issue. Almost all nurseries have boysenberry plants for sale and these may also be purchased online. If you are a lover of berries and looking for a more flavorful taste in raspberries, grow boysenberry plants now. Look forward to everything fresh and delicious that boysenberry plants can give you to the delight of your taste buds, and heart too.