Honey crisp apple, raspberries, blue and black berries #316819 - Ask Extension


Honey crisp apple, raspberries, blue and black berries #316819

Asked April 27, 2016, 11:40 AM EDT

Hi, I want to plant lots of fruits in my yard. Any recommendations for where to buy and select the right honey crisp apple, blue and black berries and raspberries.. I live in Forest Lake. Grown can be a bit sandy as we are very closed to the lake. Thank you. Ed

Washington County Minnesota

Expert Response

Go to the following website for reliable introductory information about how to select fruit varieties that grow well in Minnesota. Most of the varieties mentioned can be purchased locally at major garden centers or bare root from Internet sources.

Go here to learn about blueberry varieties recommended by the University of Minnesota and how to grow them:

This bulletin provides the information you need to select and grow raspberry varieties suitable for Minnesota's climate:

Although efforts are underway to develop blackberry varieties suitable for growing in Minnesota, as yet, none have been released or recommended for growing here by the University of Minnesota.  If you plant relatively cold tolerant blackberry varieties currently available, do it on a trial basis.    


Bob Bystrom Replied April 27, 2016, 12:40 PM EDT
Can I mix blueberries with raspberries and black berries? Or because blueberries need avidic soil, this is not recommended?

any information on blackberries?

thanks. Ed
The Question Asker Replied April 27, 2016, 4:55 PM EDT
No, do not "mix" the blueberries with raspberries or other garden fruits. Soil requirements for growing blueberries in the Twin Cities area are exacting as noted in the bulletin we referred you to, especially the section titled "Soil Acidity and Blueberries."

Blackberries aren't commonly grown in Minnesota gardens because most varieties aren't reliably hardy here. If you want to try, follow the cultural practices recommended in this bulletin from Iowa State University and stick with the Darrow and Ilini Hardy varieties.

Bob Bystrom Replied April 27, 2016, 9:06 PM EDT

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