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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Brazelberry Collection

Deliciously Beautiful Fruits

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Small Fruits and Berries

blueberry jelly bean - brazel berry collection

Since the 1970’s, the Brazelton family of Oregon have been the pre-eminent grower of blueberries and other small fruits. Over two decades their breeding program has spawned countless new varieties. But  the best have been reserved for their new Brazel Berry Collection.

These plants are the families personal promise that these varieties will be easy to grow, dazzle the senses and tantalize the taste buds. Moreover, these plants feature exquisite ornamental qualities, amazing fruit and are suitable for growing in containers. Art’s Nursery is product to offer 3 of these exciting new berry varieties this spring.

  • Raspberry ‘Strawberry Shortcake’
  • Blueberry ‘Peach Sorbet’
  • Blueberry ‘Jelly Bean’

 

raspberry shortcake raspberry - brazel berry collection

Raspberry ‘Strawberry Shortcake’

This initial variety in the Brazelberry collection is a thornless dwarf raspberry. It has a compact, mounding habit reaching 24-36 inches in height. It’s ideally suited for large patio containers. It requires no staking, no pollination and has sturdy upright canes – without a single thorn. It also rewards gardeners and homeowners with super sweet raspberries with a slight vanilla essence in mid-summer. Fruits mid-season. Fruit appear on canes that have gone through winter dormancy. Once fruiting is finished, prune away those canes. Leave new canes to fruit next season. Best grown in full sun in neutral to slightly acidic moist, but well drained soils. Fertilize in early spring.Hardy in zones 5-7.

peach sorbet blueberry - brazel berry collection

Blueberry ‘Peach Sorbet’

‘Peach Sorbet’ is a real peach of a blueberry. It offers four seasons of interest. It’s a compact blueberry with vibrant new spring growth ranging from peach to pink to orange to emerald. Spring’s white bell shaped flowers will give way to an abundant summer crop of healthy, peach-sweet, almost tropical tasting blueberries. In most climates, ‘Peach Sorbet’ keeps its leaves year round. If they do remain in your area, foliage colour can dramatically shift to rich eggplant purple. This blueberry is ideal as a landscape plant or even in a decorative container on your patio. Fruits mid-season. Best in full sun and acidic, moist, but well drained soils. Grows 1-2ft in height and spread. Prune away canes that have fruited. Leave new canes to fruit the following year. Hardy in zones 5-10.

blueberry jellybean - brazel berry collection

Blueberry ‘Jellybean’

‘Jelly Bean’ is a super dwarf hardy blueberry that is prolific – producing a huge crop of large flavourful berries in mid-summer. Fruit has a super-sweet flavor almost like homemade blueberry jelly. New foliage emerges brilliant green in spring, giving way to darker greens and reds throughout the summer and fall. In cooler climates, summer brings radiant red leaf edges and tips on the uniquely elongated leaves. Best grown in full sun in moist, but well drained acidic soils. Fertilize in early spring. Grows 1-2ft in height and spread. Once fruiting is complete, prune away canes that have fruited. Leave new canes to produce fruit next year.Hardy in zones 4-7.

All three of these delicious small fruits are usually available at Arts Nursery in 2013. As always, please call ahead 604.882.1201 to confirm availability. Our stock and selection is always changing. If you have any more questions about Brazel Berries or any of our small fruits please feel free to give us a call or drop by.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Posted By: Lyle Courtice A.H. in Small Fruits and Berries

When I moved into my present location the front yard was a massive jungle of weeds and "garden" unfortunately not my idea of a garden.  I proceeded to have the entire yard stripped of every living thing with the exception of a very old grape vine (still do not know the variety?). 

The grape eventually got a new arbor to ramble over and seems to be fairly happy, producing an abundance of sweet green seedless fruit which I look forward to harvesting from September into October unless the wildlife (or neighbors) get to them first! 

green grapes

 Grapes are wonderful plants to grow as they can offer several benefits:  shade under an arbor or structure, screening when planted on a vertical structure/surface and of course edible fruit or if you are so inclined wine production. 

Before you run out to buy your grape vine first determine what you are growing it for; table grapes which are for eating fresh do not make good wine as they are not high enough in sugar content and have too low acidity to balance the wine, while wine grapes tend to be small berried and seedy, one vine will not fit the bill for both.

Also keep in mind that grapes will require some form of structure to grow on and once established most varieties grow rather quickly and will require a yearly regime of extensive pruning to maintain their size and promote optimal health and fruit production. 

Correct pruning also maximizes exposure to sun which allows the grapes to ripen, too much rampant/uncontrolled growth leads to shading of the vine and can allow disease and insects to take hold. Each variety will require specific maintenance depending upon their individual growth habits and requirements. 

I will not get into the "art" of pruning grapes at this time as it is a whole article on it's own.  Check with our horticulturists at Art's Nursery or do some online research as to how to maintain your particular variety.

Grapes should be grown in full sun in a well-drained sandy loam, they will tolerate heavier clay-type soils but this will delay the maturity of crops and vines.  Most grapes are self-fertile so do not require other varieties to cross pollinate, this makes them more versatile for the home gardener as you can have but one plant which saves on space. 

The varieties listed below are all perfectly winter hardy for the lower mainland and some even like our cooler growing conditions *.  Pruning should be done during the winter months when the vines are dormant.


Table Grapes

'Himrod'

Green seedless grape produced in a large loose cluster.  Berries are sweet and juicy, good for eating fresh and for making into raisins; early season.

'Sovereign Coronation' *

Developed at Summerland Research Station, this midseason eating grape produces virtually seedless, blue-purple fruit with a sweet musky flavor.  Makes great preserves.

'Vanessa' *

Blush-red, firm fruit with a sweet, tangy flavor.  Excellent quality grape for eating fresh, making juice, jam and jelly.  Keeps well under refrigeration.  Early season.


wine grapes

Wine Grapes

'DeChaunac' *

French-American hybrid used in making good quality red wines that are balanced and fruity with low tannin levels.  Vigorous habit with good disease resistance.

'Maréchal Foch' *

Hardy French hybrid with medium to large, loose clusters of small blue-black berries; midseason.  Reliably produces excellent red wines with high acidity and minimal tannin levels.  Vines have good vigor and are disease resistant.

'White Riesling' *

Green skinned grape from the Germany used to produce good quality aromatic wines.  Grapes have high acidity and sugar content and are used in making semi-sweet, sweet, sparkling white and ice wine.

Ornamental Grapes

Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'

PURPLELEAF GRAPE – Deciduous woody climber with attractive purple-red new growth that fades to bronze-green by summer; turns a stunning fiery red in fall.  A late season grape that produces small clusters of blue-black fruit that has sweet flesh with a bitter skin; good for preserves.  Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil.  Prune during winter while vines are dormant.  Height:  3-5m  Zone:  5   

Ornamental Grape

* Photography courtesy of HarkAway Botanicals

These and other grape varieties are commonly available at Art's Nursery. As always please call ahead to confirm exact availability as our selection is always changing.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Growing Remarkable Raspberries

Greats Tip & Techniques for Growing Raspberries In Your Garden

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Small Fruits and Berries
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Raspberries are one of the most delicious and most delicate of the small fruits. Growing a remarkable crop of raspberries is not difficult as long as you follow these simple guidelines.

In general, raspberries are heavy feeders and need regular watering (especially when the fruit is starting to swell) and prefer to grow in full sun. With careful planning your crop should produce fruit for 12 years, so it is worth the effort to really prep the soil and to install support for your plants. The average yield is 4 ½ lbs. of fruit per 3ft row.

Raspberries have a suckering root system which produce new canes every year and produce fruit the following year (on last years’ canes) and then die.

As a result there is a need for annually pruning out the old canes (right to the ground) each spring. Fertilize in March with a slow feeding organic product like Gaia 4-8-4 Power Bloom (available at Arts Nursery), then mulch heavily (2-3 inches deep) with compost or well rotted manure.

Keep in mind raspberries need:

  • Shelter from strong wind
  • good drainage is essential
  • regular weeding, watching not to damage newly sprouting canes
  • firm stakes and cable supports
  • bird protection netting

Stakes should be 6 foot long ( 2 feet in ground, 4 feet above) set at 10-12 feet apart, with cross bars. Then install 14 gauge galvanized wire cables strung the length at heights of 2 feet and again at 4 feet high. This will protect canes and fruit from wind effects.

Trench 1-2 feet wide and 6 inches deep (and/or mound up to allow drainage), digging in compost at this time. Plant your raspberry in a hole that is 1`1/2 times the size of the root mass. Try to spread the roots out horizontally to speed suckering of new canes.

Pick raspberries while they are slightly firm.

Choosing a Raspberry For Your Garden

There are many types of Raspberries available on the market today. They are divided into two main groups: single crop and everbearing varieties. Single crop types produce a summer crop typically in June or July. Everbearing types produce both a summer and a fall crop of fruit.


Common Raspberry Varieties

raspberry heritage

Raspberry 'Heritage'

Heritage produces large sweet and firm dark red berries. A superior quality raspberry that is excellent for fresh eating, desserts and preserves. Ripens in July and bears fruit until September or October. Everbearing variety.
raspberry coho

Raspberry 'Coho'

Coho is an older variety first released in 2001 by the USDA Agriculture Research Stations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

‘Coho’ is high yielding and late-ripening, and produces large, bright red, very firm fruit that separate easily from the plant. It is tasty and ideally suited for fresh eating. Summer cropping variety

raspberry tulameen

Raspberry 'Tulameen'

Summer bearing, large, firm flavourful berries with excellent colour and quality. Canes are strong, upright and almost spineless. An excellent variety for the home garden due to its size and extended harvest season ( approximately 50 days)
raspberry indian summer

Raspberry 'Indian Summer'

Indian Summer is an ever-bearing raspberry variety that produces a small crop in late spring and larger crop in Fall. Canes grow to about five feet and are vigorous, erect and sturdy. The fruit is red, medium-large sized with great raspberry flavour. It is an excellent variety for fresh eating and cooking. Use as an edible security barrier along fence lines and in strips too narrow for fruit trees. Grows to about 5-6 ft in height
raspberry fall gold

Raspberry 'Fall Gold'

Fall Gold raspberry is a prolific producer of tasty gold-coloured fruit. An everbearing variety that produces two crops - a fall crop on the top third of the canes and a second crop the following late spring on the bottom two-thirds. Very hardy.
raspberry canby red

Raspberry 'Canby Red'

Canby Red raspberry is a prolific producer of tasty dark red fruit in mid-summer to fall of the second year. Small white flowers precede the fruit on erect, thornless canes. Very hardy selection.

Other varieties of raspberries are also available at Art's Nursery. Please call ahead to confirm availability. Also have a look at the brand new dwarf thornless variety called Raspberry Shortcake


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