Throughout North America, blackberries and raspberries grow wild. There’s prime roadside picking out there, but thorns, tangled vines, and uneven footing make harvesting an extreme sport of sorts!
By comparison, domestic berry varieties are thornless, easy to trellis, very prolific, and produce larger fruits. They’re also easy to grow. What’s not to love?
Here’s everything you need to know about planting blackberries and raspberries in your yard so that you don’t have to brave the wilds to get them.
(We also assembled one of the best blackberry and raspberry recipe lists on the internet at the end of the article. Wait until you see!)
- Can You Plant Raspberries and Blackberries Together
- Choosing Your Berry Variety
- Planting Blackberries and Raspberries Without Stress
- Planting Blackberries and Raspberries FAQs
- Delicious Blackberry and Raspberry Recipes!
- The Good News About Planting Blackberries and Raspberries
Can You Plant Raspberries and Blackberries Together
Yes, you can most certainly plant raspberries and blackberries together. Both are self-pollinating, which means you don’t need to worry about cross-pollination. The main things to look out for are their preferred growing conditions and disease resistance. Make sure your raspberry and blackberry varieties are suitable for your climate and sufficiently disease-resistant.
If you are planting raspberries and blackberries right next to each other, prune them regularly to increase airflow and reduce the chance of transferring fungus and other diseases from one plant to another, or choose varieties that aren’t susceptible to these problems.
Choosing Your Berry Variety
The first step is choosing your raspberry or blackberry variety. There are so many excellent options to choose from – each more delicious than the last.
Tulameen raspberries can grow large and sweet, and they’re one of the best for snacking!
The Ebony King is another favorite thornless blackberry that produces remarkably plump, delicious, and sweet berries.
But these are just scratching the surface – you have tons of berry cultivars from which to choose.
Here are some great varieties of raspberries and blackberries for growing.
Table 1 – Best Raspberries for Growing
|Boyne||Excellent flavor and bright red color|
|Killarney||Extremely cold tolerant|
|Eden||From Nova Scotia, cold tolerant|
|Nova||Bright red and delicious berries|
|Autumn Bliss||Abundant berries|
|Royalty||A prolific (and majestic) purple variety|
|Anne||Everbearing and unique golden color|
Red raspberries have excellent reputations for surviving chilly weather! They can even produce delicious fruit with limited sunlight.
But, make no mistake. Red raspberry loves – and prefers – plenty of direct sunlight. The more sunlight you provide to your red raspberry shrubs – the more abundant your yield!
(The more direct sunlight, the better!)
Table 2 – Best Blackberries for Growing
|Triple Crown||Great flavor, high yields|
|Illini Hardy||Cold tolerant|
|Freedom||Thornless, abundant juicy fruit|
|Prime Jim||Early harvest|
|Darrow||Large plants, larger berries|
|Chester||Half-trailing, larger berries|
|Nelson||From Maine, very hardy|
Also – remember that some blackberries have thorns. Others are thornless!
Thorned blackberries usually have sweeter fruits than thornless blackberries.
However, thorned blackberries are tricky to prune because their thorns pinch. Big time!
Thornless blackberries are easier to manage. Thornless blackberries are also favorites among those who use trellises in their gardens!
Planting Blackberries and Raspberries Without Stress
A lot of homesteading friends worry about planting their raspberries and blackberries!
Luckily – blackberries and raspberries are more tolerant and hardier than you think.
One factor you’ll want to consider is how many chill days different varieties need.
We also recommend looking at your hardiness zone. Compare your hardiness zone with the blackberry or raspberry cultivar that you’re considering.
(Here’s our favorite way to find your hardiness zone in a few simple clicks.)
Like many other fruits, blackberries and raspberries need a bit of cold exposure to produce well.
Once you’ve chosen your berry variety – it’s time to think about planting.
As you plant your blackberries or raspberries, you might have some questions about planning out your space and what will grow well with your new berry bushes.
Planting Blackberries and Raspberries FAQs
Few things are as sweet (and delicious) as growing blackberries and raspberries – especially if you enjoy cooler growing seasons!
That’s why we’re sharing some of the most common blackberry and raspberry FAQs our homesteading friends may ask.
We hope this helps!
Anthracnose is a tremendous pain for purple and black raspberries! It’s a disease also known as gray bark – or cane spot.
You’ll notice that black raspberry shoots develop bruises or cankers. Anthracnose seems to attack black and purple raspberry varieties – but only select red raspberry varieties.
The Ohio State University Extension published an excellent anthracnose raspberry guide – that shows how to manage the disease and (hopefully) prevent it from attacking your raspberries or blackberries in the first place.
Down to Earth all-natural fertilizer is perfect for strawberries, blueberries, evergreens, hydrangeas, and other acid-loving plants. Works for trees, shrubs, containers, and houseplants.
Read More – 19 Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipes!
Raspberry and Blackberry Bulletin
I found a Raspberry and Blackberry bulletin from the University of Maine Extension that has some information all berry farmers and homesteaders need to know! Key insights below.
Not only should you avoid planting potatoes together with your raspberries, but you should also avoid growing eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers!
The reason is that these crops carry a potential root rotting-fungus called verticillium – which infamously wreaks havoc on your raspberries. Good to know!
This three-pound bag of fertilizer is ideal for raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Made with organic ingredients to help improve soil naturally.
Delicious Blackberry and Raspberry Recipes!
We know that Thanksgiving is quickly coming up in the US and that many of us are looking to explore fun ways to celebrate the harvest.
(And to share loads of good food with friends and family!)
That’s why we put together the most impressive list of blackberry and raspberry recipes ever assembled!
(Well, maybe not the biggest. But, it’s pretty close, we think!)
We hope these recipes find you well. There’s sweet, savory, healthy (mostly), and everything in between.
Blackberry and Raspberry Recipes:
- Blackberry jelly (no pectin)
- Mixed berry crisps
- Blackberry and peach salad
- Berry and apple crisps
- Apple and raspberry jam
- Lemon raspberry overnight oats
- Raspberry tarts
- Raspberry and Lemon Saint-Honoré
- Mom’s homemade blackberry pie
- Raspberry éclair (with lots of chocolate!)
- Raspberry Peach Smoothie
- Raspberry crunch cake!
- Raspberry granita
- Raspberry & lime meringue heart
- Raspberry, coconut, banana parfait
- Blackberry Jam and Wild Fruit Syrup
- Freezer jam! With raspberries!
- Berry banana smoothie
We also saved one of our favorite fresh raspberry recipes for last.
We’re talking about an epic lemon, almond, and fresh raspberry pie. How can you lose?
We hope you love these berry recipes as much as we did!
The Good News About Planting Blackberries and Raspberries
We know that planting berries is confusing at first.
But, there’s also good news!
More often than not, blackberries (and raspberries) can thrive wherever planted as long as the soil conditions are reasonable – and as long as you choose an appropriate berry cultivar for your hardiness zone.
If you get those two things right – then your task of planting blackberry and raspberry shrubs is off to a great start!
As the weeks and months pass, remember to keep an eye on your berry plants for pests and diseases.
With a little luck? Your berry plants will thrive – and the harvest will be abundant.
For that reason, blackberries and raspberries are some of my favorite perennials to incorporate into a yard.
If you have more questions about planting blackberries and raspberries, we invite you to ask.
Thanks again for reading.
Have a great (a berrific) day!
A slow-release organic fertilizer perfect for raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Granular plant food. Great for organic gardens!