Three Berry Collection
Kent Strawberry: Kent is a vigorous mid-season variety which produces high yields of bright red fruit. The perfect variety for eating fresh, freezing and for jams. Produces fruit in the second year.
Boyne Raspberry: This ultra hardy raspberry produces dark red, medium sized berries. Perfect for homemade jams and preserves and even better eaten straight off the plant. Produces fruit in second year. No. 1 sized plants. Hardy to Zone 2.
Polaris Blueberry: Attractive powder blue fruit with excellent flavour and quality. High-bush blueberries with high yields in short season areas. Bushes will grow about 3-4 feet tall. Requires pollination so it is necessary to grow two different varieties. Hardy to zone 4. Requires acidic soil. We ship 2 year old plants in 2.5" pots. Begins producing fruit in third year.
Northland Blueberry: Good quality with a wild berry flavour. High-bush blueberries with high yields in short season areas. Bushes will grow about 3-4 feet tall. Requires pollination so it is necessary to grow two different varieties. Hardy to zone 4. Requires acidic soil. We ship 2 year old plants in 2.5" pots. Begins producing fruit in third year.
As they are live plants we will hold fruit and berry orders until the appropriate planting time for your area (usually around mid April-early May). Requests for large orders should be made by mid-March.
Important! Upon Arrival:
Keep moist and cool. Fruits and berries are shipped in dormant form so they can be transplanted out once the soil can be worked in the spring. Light frosts will not damage the plants as they are in the resting stage. If you are unable to plant immediately, the plants can be stored for a short period of time. This should be a dark, cool (but not freezing) location such as an unheated garage, fridge or a cold cellar. They should also be kept moist, but not wet, until they are planted.
Strawberries Planting: Plant your strawberry roots as soon as your soil has warmed. If you must keep them for a short period, keep the roots slightly moist and cool. Choose a sunny location in your garden with a soil pH of 6-6.5 and set plants out on a cloudy day or in the evening to avoid the stress of heat on the young plants. While preparing the beds, soak roots with water. Till in compost and dig a shallow trench for each row with rows 4’ apart. With your hands, form a small dome of soil every 12” apart in the row. Trim your strawberry roots to 5” long to encourage healthier, new root development. Drape roots over soil dome, with the crown centered at the peak. Add soil, tamp down and water. Crown of plant should be at the soil surface. Growing: Keep the bed weed free and side-dress one month after planting. Pinch off all flowers the first summer to send more energy to the development of runners (daughter plants). The exception is with day neutral, everbearing types such as 'Seascape', where the blossoms should NOT be pinched off suring the first summer. Use a seed and weed free mulch in the late fall and place directly over the plants to protect from freeze and thaw cycles. Remove mulch after last frost in spring and place into paths between rows. During the second year, after strawberries have produced their crop of berries in June, the plants should be mowed down and fertilized to encourage new runner production. Even a well looked after stand of strawberries begins to wear out after 2-3 years of production, so to ensure continued harvest, plant a new crop during the 2nd year of production. After the third year of fruit production the strawberries should be tilled under. Strawberries should not be grown in the same place for 2-3 years to prevent build up of diseases.
Raspberries Planting: Choose a sunny site in your garden with good air circulation and water drainage and a pH of 6.0-7.0. Keep roots moist until planting. Work plenty of organic matter into the soil and mulch to keep out weeds. Plant as soon as the soil has warmed. Dig a hole large enough so as not to bend roots. Trim canes to encourage new growth. Plants should be set out at least 2 feet apart in rows 5-6 feet apart. Growing: Trellising is beneficial for cane support. These summer-bearing berries produce fruit on second year canes (floricanes). In the fall of the 2nd year, prune spent canes at ground level and thin others to approximately 4 canes per foot of row. Cut off suckers which grow outside of rows. Trim remaining raspberry canes to 4-5 feet.
Blueberries Planting: These highbush blueberries will grow upwards of 4 feet in height as mature plants and will yield large berries in late summer. Choose a well drained, loamy or sandy soil with a pH of 4.5-5.2. You can reduce your soil pH by mixing in sphagnum peat moss or by mixing in compost made from pine needles, oak leaves and/or bark. Work plenty of nutrient-rich compost into the top few inches of soil. Space plants 4 feet apart, alternating cultivars for effective cross-pollination. Rows should be 7 feet apart. Growing: Water with liquid fertilizers such as manure, tea or fish fertilizer. Water frequently and mulch heavily around plants. Growth is slow and production will peak at 6-8 years of age. Yearly pruning of mature plants will encourage larger fruit and heavier production.