What is a cane berry?

Cane berries are blackberries and raspberries.

Does Bushel and Berry™ use GMO’s?

Bushel and Berry™ does not use GMOs. All our breeding is done through traditional hybridizing—just like bees do it!

What does "self-pollinating" mean?

All of the varieties in the Bushel and Berry™ collection are self-pollinating, meaning that they do not require another variety to be planted nearby in order to produce berries. While each of the Bushel and Berry™ plants can grow and produce fruit all by itself, planting more than one may further enhance fruit quality and production.

Should I fertilize Bushel and Berry™ plants?

Fertilizing Bushel and Berry™ plants is not necessary for them to grow and produce tasty berries, however, it can help your plant thrive.

  • For cane berries, a balanced liquid fertilizer in early and late spring is ideal. Look at the fertilizer container. The labels should include three numbers relating to Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (you’ll have the best results if you select a product with the same number for all three).  
  • For blueberries, an acidic fertilizer in early and late spring is ideal. Look for fertilizers such as rhododendron or azalea formulations, and either granular or liquid fertilizers. Blueberries also prefer high-nitrogen organic fertilizers such as blood meal and acidic cottonseed meal.

Tip: If your plants starts to yellow in the summer, a bit of balanced liquid fertilizer will help perk it up in addition to lots of water.

How often should I water Bushel and Berry™ plants?

The amount of water your plants need will depend on your climate but generally, you want to make sure the plant has consistent moisture but isn’t overwatered. This usually means watering two to three times a week for plants in the landscape and daily if it’s in a container.

How do I prune my berry plants?

For blackberries and raspberries, simply let your plant go dormant in the winter. In early spring, you should start to see new green sprouts coming up from both the soil and on some of the canes. The sprouts from the ground will become canes that fruit next year. Old canes with new growth emerging should fruit this year. Leave all the new shoots from the ground and old canes that have green leaves emerging. Prune all the dead canes with no new growth at ground level.

For blueberries, it’s best to prune in early spring when the blueberry plants are dormant. Pruning off dead wood or non-fruiting wood will allow the plant to put its energy into the good canes for maximizing fruit production.

I pruned my plants this spring and now I don't see any fruit?

Fruit will only appear on second year wood, so if you prune your plant in the spring you will not see fruit until the next year.

How do I protect the berries in the winter?

You don't have to do anything to these plants in the winter unless you have very harsh winter weather. Plants in decorative containers are more at risk than plants in the ground, so moving the container to an unheated garage is a good idea. You'll want to keep the soil moist but not soaked.

How can I prevent critters from eating the berries?

Birds and squirrels will be the largest nuisance to your Bushel and Berry™ plants as small critters love berries. One of the easiest ways to make sure there are enough berries is to plant more! Investing in mesh netting to deter hungry birds and squirrels can be helpful. Ask your local garden center for product suggestions.

How do I know what my soil's pH level is?

You can test your soil using a DIY kit widely available at garden centers. These kits are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. A pH test measures soil acidity or alkalinity. A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral. An acid soil has a pH value below 7.0. Above pH 7.0 the soil is alkaline.

Do blueberries need acidic soil?

Blueberries do best in an acidic soil with a pH balance of 4.5 – 5.5. If you have a pH balance higher than 5.5, you can incorporate peat moss (or any soil acidifier product) into the soil which is acidic and can lower the pH balance. Dr. Earth® Acid Lovers® mix is a great way to lower the pH level.

What size container do I need to grow berries?

All of the varieties in the Bushel and Berry™ collection will thrive in containers, raised beds or in the ground for years to come. If you decide to plant in a decorative container, we recommend blueberries be planted in a container that is 16-inches or larger in diameter to allow the plant room to grow and we recommend raspberries and blackberries be planted in a large pot as big as 24 to 36-inches.

Tip: Remember, plants and their roots in decorative containers dry out faster, especially on warm summer days. It’s important to water deeply every day and ensure the container has good drainage. A good way to gauge is to water until you see water coming out of the drain holes.

How much sun do Bushel and Berry™ plants need?

All berries need at least six hours of full sun to produce berries. Light shade is ok but they do not like intense evening sun.

Where can I buy Bushel and Berry™ plants?

To find the closest nursery that sells Bushel and Berry™ plants, please enter your zip code in the "Find A Retailer" box on the Shop page.

What is a chill hour?

Chill hours are roughly the number of hours between the temperatures of 32-45 degrees Fahrenheit. All berry plants must receive their recommended chill hours in order for them to fruit the following year. These hours occur during the winter months when the plant is dormant. The minimum required chill hours are listed next to each variety.