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.
|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?
|-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|