Cat and Dafydd’s guide to soft fruit in our garden and mine. Soft fruit cuttings can be purchased here
Briar Fruit. Briar fruit, such as Blackberries/Loganberries/Hybrid Berries are of great value in their late harvest period. All varieties are self-fertile, so only one plant of each can be grown. Briar fruit cane can grow quite large so plenty of space is needed.
The flower is the part of the plant responsible for sexual reproduction. The boyenberry bush produces a delicate, snow-white flower with five decorated petals each. In the second year, after flowering and then dying, they produce dark purple fruit.
The plant produces a significant number of seeds. The seeds are left in the ground until their environment is suitable for germination.
The edges of the leaves of the boys are rough or saw-toothed. Source: Pussreboots
A plant often produces boysenberries, like blackberries, the following year after planting. Give them what they need, and they will last up to 20 years.
Fertilizing boysenberries in the spring is a good idea. Work mature compost or a slow-release fertilizer, such as our Plantura All-Purpose Plant Food, into the surface soil around the bushes.
For young berries in pots, move your plant to a larger pot with fresh potting soil after two or three years and add an additional dose of slow-release fertilizer to the fresh soil.
Boy’s brambles are thirsty plants that need plenty of water during the growing season. On average, you will need to provide between 1 and 2 inches of water per week. You should take into account any rain and count it as part of this water quota. When you water the bramble during hot summer days, it is best to do it early in the morning. Direct the water at the base of the bush and avoid wetting the lower leaves or branches to avoid fungal infections. One good tip for you to water the bush is when the top 1 inch of soil becomes dry. After you harvest the berries and the leaves fall, cut down on the water.
The boys’ appetite for food is almost as great as their need for water. Before planting the tree, add 2 inches of organic matter to every foot of soil. This will give the plant a good start. From the time you notice growth in early spring, start applying a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer once every 2 weeks. Before flower buds in mid-spring, apply a custom high-phosphorus fertilizer to encourage a profusion of blooms. Go back to the flat fertilizer from early summer until 2 weeks before the berries are more ripe. Top dressing with organic compost to supply any other minerals the soil may be deficient in.