Thursday, February 25, 2010

We had a great turn out the other evening for our Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry workshop.  I thought I would take this time to post some of the information that was presented the other night.

Dr. John Strang from UK, has been working with these fruit crops for a number of years and provided me with his best of the best varieties for each of the following crops:

Blueberries:   Early - Duke, Spartan, & for wet heavy soil sites Patriot
                        Mid - Toro, Bluecrop, Chandler
                        Later - Nelson, Darrow, Ozarkblue, Elliott

Blackberries:  Thorny - Chickasaw & Kiowa
                      Thornless Erect - Natchez & Ouachita or Apache 
                      Thornless semi erect - Triple Crown

Raspberries: - Black - Jewel
                      Red, June bearing - Lauren
                      Red, Fall bearing - Caroline, Autumn Britten
                      Purple - Royalty

We have some really thorough publications on the web that can really help you with the decision making.  The Growing Blueberries in Kentucky is an excellent guide to blueberry production.  Pay special attention to the preperation part of the publication because establishing blueberries is a bit tricky.  Also you will want to take a look at the our Blackberries and Raspberry production publication.