UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Berries

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Ripe and unripe blackberry on plant

How to grow: The California Garden Web, Berries

Pest management: Blackberries & Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries

Blueberry Trial Summary, 1997: Growing Blueberries in Santa Clara County

The Basics

When to plant:

  • Blackberries / Raspberries: mid-January through March
  • Blueberries: fall through winter, using 2–3 year old plants
  • Strawberries: late August (summer plantings) or late October (winter plantings)

Harvest window: May–September, depending on variety

Fertilization: Nitrogen in spring, additional applications as needed. Blueberries require acidic soil; a soil test will help determine how much to acidify your soil.

Annual care overview:

  • Blueberries and Caneberries (Blackberries, Raspberries) need annual pruning to maintain the right balance of new & previous season growth.
  • Strawberry runners should be pruned off to foster the health of the main plant. As yields & vigor decrease, consider replacing with fresh soil and/or new plants

Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

Blackberries: Boysen, Logan (Thornless Logan), Marion, Olallie, Thornfree, Thornfree Evergreen and Young

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Georgia Gem, Gulf Coast, Jubilee, Miramba, Misty and Reveille

Red Raspberries: Autumn Bliss, Canby, Fairview, Heritage, Meeker, Newburgh, September, Southland and Willamette

Black Raspberries: Cumberland and Munger

Strawberries: Aptos, Chandler, Fern, Hecker, Pajaro, Quinalt, Seascape and Sequoia

* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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