How to grow Boysenberry

Boysenberry plant grow and care – vine but can be design to shrub of the genus Rubus also known as Boysenberries, it is a cross human hybrid between few Rubus species, Boysenberry perennial deciduous but in warmer climate can grow evergreen plant, grow for the edible fruits and also can be used as hedge plant, can grow in temperate, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-10 and with right care in hardiness zone 11a

Leaves color green in heart shape, leaves grow connected together, the plant has thorns and rarely can be without thorns

Flower color white flower sometimes a little bit purplish, 1-3 cm, with 5 petals

Boysenberry edible fruits

Fruit color brown black can be eaten when it’s red but its sour, fruit assembled from small cells that put together a round oval shape. When pick the boysenberry fruits the fruits stay with the torus.

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How to grow Boysenberry growing and care:

Trellising, prune in a way that it’s will be easy to pick the fruits

How to care:
Prune for easy harvest, prune once a year better after the fruits, add fertilizer in the early spring put mulch and organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant /Vegetative Reproduction / Seeds possible but not recommend

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Necessary to use vegetative reproduction

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Thorn, Most of the spices are thorny, as it grows as a thorny bush it’s a place for snake

Recommended planting season?
Winter, spring, summer

How to plant:
Dig hole bigger than the root ball at least 50-100% bigger, add dead leaves rich soil, organic matter, humus and mix all together and plant it, also recommend to put stick or something to support the plant for trellising

Pests and diseases:
Redberry mite, aphids

Pruning season:
Autumn, winter

How to prune:
Inside branches, design the shape

Size of the plant:
2-5m. 6-15 feet and can be bigger, but better to keep it small to easy pickup

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, but in temperature above 40C (104F) need to protect the fruits from the sun, if not the fruits will be burned

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, start with pot that will be 40-60% more than the root ball, every time that the plant arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, switch the soil in mid of the winter, better to use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient care for the soil, need average amount of water with good drainage better water with less minerals, in order to keep the soil moist better to put mulch of pines, peat soil or other acid soil with humus and a lot of organic matter, better to reduce the amounts of plants in the pot, if will be too many plants, might be problem to get fruits

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
White flower sometimes a little bit purplish, 1-3 cm, with 5 petals

Thinning the bloom:
Until the plant to become acclimatized

Pollination is done by:
Bees and more

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Spring to summer

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Boysenberry fruits?
Eaten raw, cake, cooked, juice

Work requirements on the fruit:
No special requires, in hot spring or summer days better to harvest the fruits before and provide little shape

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Ripening of fruit
Possible not to pick it fully ripen and let it to be ripen at home

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting / bending a branch over and covering it with earth

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
2-3 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Cutting to put on humid soil, when bending the branch sometimes should break it

How to grow Boysenberry from seeds

Sowing requirement:
High humidity, full sun to half shade, moist soil

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place better in refrigerator

Sowing season:
End of the winter to spring and better to grow in winter indoor in hardiness zone 10b-11

How to plant:
Planting in vermiculite, peat soil or other plant

Planting spacing:
3*4cm (1.2*1.8 inches) when transplant it better to sow them in different pots it’s easier to follow in control and care for the seedling

Depth of Sowing:
Better not to cover just to put on the soil

Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity, moist soil, full sun, consider when grow in pots to cover with plastic wrap

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 months

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, protect the seedling from pests, winds and heavy snow

Do the seeds require burying?
Depend the cultivars, but always recommend to bury

Chilling hour’s requirements:
2-3 weeks minimum, but better above one month

Scientific name:

Rubus ursinus × R. idaeus

Alternative names: Rubus boysenberry, Boysenberries, Boysenberry bushes

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Summer Harvest
Plant growing speed
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9