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PLANTING FRUIT #228618 - Ask Extension



Asked February 23, 2015, 11:51 AM EST

Can you plant red raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and concord grapes in the same area?

Huntingdon County Pennsylvania

Expert Response

Thank you for your question.  The above link is to our Fruit Production for the Home Gardener guide.  It holds an incredible amount of information about growing fruit in Pennsylvania.  Please look under "Brambles" for growing raspberries and blackberries.  Blueberries and grapes each have their own sections.

Blueberries have a lower soil pH need than the other fruit.  Also it is noted in the guide to "Keep black and purple raspberries away from red raspberries because mosaic virus can spread from red raspberries and is more severe on black and purple raspberries. Keep all red raspberries away from blackberries because blackberries can be a symptomless carrier of curl virus."

We always suggest that you test your soil prior to planting.  You may call the Huntingdon County Extension Office at (814) 643-1660 to order a soil test kit.  Your county also can provide you with gardening information, too.

Think Spring!

Kim Lawrence Replied February 25, 2015, 8:51 AM EST

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