Our first little berry patch is officially planted! I made myself a map and plant summaries to help keep things straight.
Planted two seedlings, about 6-8 inch tall, February 29, 2020. These are under the outer branches of a tree, which will provide shade in the hottest part of the day. Thanks to their small size, it was easy to put flower pots over these plants during an early-March freeze.
Powder Blue Blueberries
Planted a young plant, probably about 2 ft tall, February 29, 2020. The lady at the nursery didn’t know how old they were. (I am guessing 1 year?) She did not suggest I pinch any blooms.
Planted a young plant, I guess a little under 3 ft tall, February 27, 2020. The sign at the nursery said “Very productive and vigorous. Medium size berries ripen mid-June.” With how thick the bottom stocks were and how much was pruned off, I am going to guess this plant is about 2 years old.
My daughter and I would really like to try pineberries, but we can never get the roots to develop into plants. I saved a slot in our berry patch in case I am able to find a started plant. In the meantime, I have planted 4 other varieties. I am curious how well they will do planted in a few inches of mulch. I am sure the main/mother plants will be fine, but I don’t know if the runners will be able to take root without a little help from me. This could be a good thing if it helps me keep the varieties separated.
Planted March 26, 2020.
Planted March 18, 2020.
These managed to get out of their pot a couple of years ago and are trying to take over a shady corner of my yard. I think they are Quinault Strawberries, but I really don’t know.
Planted March 25, 2020.
Planted March 18, 2020. It says this everbearing strawberry will produce strawberries on unrooted runners.
Ozark Beauty Strawberry
Planted March 26, 2020. Released in 1955, this Everbearing strawberry is said to be the best everbearing strawberry variety for Arkansas. I live in Texas, but I guess that’s close enough for it to do good here too. Something different about this variety, runner plants usually don’t produce strawberries their first year.