Fruiting Plants

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Baskets of berries

If devouring handfuls of freshly picked sweet ripe blueberries and blackberries sounds divine, then it’s time to make room at your place for a berry patch.

Ball Australia have a new range of blueberries and blackberries in their ‘Berry Delights’ range.

Blackberry ‘Chester’ (Rubus fruticosa ‘Chester’) is a thornless blackberry with huge deep black berries that are picked during summer. Growing up to 150 cm tall, Chester should be pruned down to the ground after the first fruiting season and then each spring prune to 5 or 6 canes to maximise harvest.

Blueberry ‘Brightwell’ (Vaccinium ashei) blooms in summer and produces a delicious mid-season harvest of large dark blue fruits. Growing 2-3 m tall and 1.5-2 m wide, this variety is suitable for a large garden.

Blueberry ‘Powder Blue’ (Vaccinium ashei produces medium sized fruit with a powdery appearance. This is a low chill variety meaning that it can be grown in warmer areas such as northern NSW and Qld. It has pretty white flowers in spring and makes a great container plant.

Blueberry ‘Sunshine Blue’ (Vaccinium corymbosum) is another low chill variety, requiring only 150 hours of winter chill to set fruit. Medium sized fruit can be picked from October through to March. Sunshine Blue is a semi-dwarf, semi-deciduous variety with attractive bright pink flowers that face out to white. Growing to only 1.2 m tall, it’s perfect for growing in pots.

Before planting berries like blackberries and blueberries, enrich the soil with some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser, which improves the quality of the soil and provides the new berry plants with gentle slow release organic nutrients as they establish.

And blueberries prefer a slightly acidic soil, so if your soil pH is alkaline, apply some Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur to lower the pH. This helps keep blueberry plants happy and give them access to nutrients they need for healthy growth.


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