February is the coldest month of the year, but just as it seems to become unbearable, Spring arrives. To help you plan your berry garden, I like to review and update you about berry varieties in February. I've nicknamed this month Febru-berry!
Last Febru-berry, I wrote about Double Gold and Brazelberries Raspberry Shortcake and Jelly Bean. For this first post, I’d like to update you on the Brazelberries.
Please note that Brazelberries has been re-branded as Bushel & Berry. So when you see these varieties in the nursery this Spring, don’t be confused by the brand name change. They’re still the same varieties.
As I mentioned in my video about Raspberry Shortcake, if the container is left outside all winter, the second year canes will not survive in our climate. Under this circumstance, the first year canes should produce some berries in August. However, if you bring the container into the garage for the winter, the second year canes will produce a great harvest in June.
This winter I left one of my Raspberry Shortcake plants outside and brought one into the garage. I plan to get a harvest from each plant, but at different times: a June harvest and an August harvest. I’ll let you know if this plan is successful.
Last Febru-berry, I wrote about Jelly Bean, the dwarf blueberry bush. Initially, I have had some difficulties with it. This winter, I decided to leave it outside. I think part of my problem was that it did not get enough chill hours in the garage during Winter 2015 to produce buds and bloom in Spring 2016.
The below photo shows Jelly Bean a few weeks ago. So far the buds seem to be forming nicely.
Keep an eye out for the next Febru-berry post about the Crimson Night raspberry!