Many of you are receiving shipments of berry plants from our nursery and it’s time to get planting! This warm weather means that we can get the garden going a little early this year. We might be in for an extra hot, dry summer so now is a great time to plant! Here are a few tips and tricks for getting the best results when planting your berry plants from NW Berry Patch.
New berry plants will thrive best if you get them in the ground while the soil is still relatively cool. We recommend planting no later than June but now is great! In the cool of spring, your berry plants will set out new roots and settle in before the summer heat comes. This will protect them from transplant shock, to a certain extent, and give them a good start on their new lives in your yard.
When digging planting holes and planning out where to place your plants, make sure to give each plant enough space. They will thrive best when there is at least a few feet between each plant to begin with and enough planting depth to entirely bury the roots. Though some species will spread and fill in gaps, starting them off with enough space for root growth and nutrient uptake will set them up for success. If you are not sure about the planting spacing, please look for instructions on our website. Each product has an instructional care sheet where you can learn more.
Nutritious soil is imperative to plant health and berry production. You will get an abundant harvest of delicious, nutritious berries when they are planted in good, rich soil. If you are not sure about the quality of your soil, you can perform a soil test. However, we recommend adding compost and a well-balanced fertilizer at planting time as a good default. Compost has slower nutrient release than fertilizer and will feed your berry plants over the coming season.
Plan for your full-grown berry plants! If you are planting grapes, raspberries or blackberries especially, they will need some support and structure to keep them from falling over as they grow. We recommend adding structural supports (trellises, poles with wire, etc.) at planting time. Adding support later can lead to root puncturing and damage and can be just harder to manage with all those long, leafy plants to wrangle. Save yourself the hassle and do it early!
Do you have other berry planting tips or questions about your plants? We are always here to chat! You can leave a question in the comments below, in our Gardener’s Question Corner or on our Facebook page.