Battery Berries

Berries harvested from Battery Roof-top Garden on June 29, 2010


The Battery Rooftop Garden includes three varieties of blueberries (two mid- and one late-season bearing), one variety of blackberry, and two varieties of raspberry.  The spread-sheet below shows information about the varieties selected.  Future posts will include photographs and tasting notes.  

Plant Type Height Soil Culture Pruning Fruit Harvest time Other
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ Hybrid northern high bush blueberry 5-6’ -Soil ph must be below 5.5, but 4.5 to 5.0 is optimal-Soil high in organic matter, on sandy side-Sand/peat mix works well   -All hardy in zone 5 (Bluecrop to Z4)-Like 3” of mulch-Needs very wet well drained soil, so perhaps drip both below and above?  

-Full sun  

-Do not prune first 3 years-Prune late winter, removing twiggy growth, leaving main stems v. large fruit Mid- to late-season Bearing plants 3-4 years, so buy size larger than 3 gallon (usually 2-3 year)
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Darrow’ Hybrid northern high bush blueberry Shorter than Chandler, probably 4-6’ Large, nickel size fruit, sweet robust flavor Late season
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluecrop’ Hybrid northern high bush blueberry Upright, 4-6’ Medium/large fruit, flavorful Mid-season
Rubus Canadensis ‘Ouachito’ Blackberry 3-4’ with pruning (prune tips when 48”) – needs trellising/staking -pH 5.5-6.5, regular mix should be fine-organic and moist soil-well-drained soil a necessity  

-may need 2” water per week when bearing  

-Canes biennial, bear on 2 year old canes-After harvest prune fruiting canes to ground-Late winter, remove damaged canes and thin  

-Summer, tip new, non-fruit bearing, canes  

  Late June/early July U of Arkansas breeding program; pronounced WAH-shi-tah
Rubus idaeus ‘Caroline’ European raspberryEver/fall 3-4’ with upright form – may not need staking, but still may be desirable -full sun, hardy to Z4, but may need protection from winter wind -Large Far bearing, starting in late August Vigorous, Very productive
Rubus idaeus ‘Heritage’ Summer/continuous bearing red European raspberry 5-6’, thornless -Train 1 year old cane on trellis -Small fruit -June July-Repeat fruiting in Sept.  
Vitis labrusca ‘Reliance’ (north side) Seedless, heavy fruiting, red grape              
Vitis labrusca ‘Mars’ (south) Seedless, very cold hardy, deep blue          

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