Answer: Boysenberries are a natural in your gardening region. You can expect to harvest a few berries the first season, but the plants won't set a full crop until they've become established in your garden. Give them 2-3 years and you'll have a bounty of berries. Blueberries will present more of a challenge in your region. Rabbiteye (Vaccinium ashei) can be grown in Southern California, so choose 'Sharpblue', 'Bluebell', 'Southland' or 'Tifblue'. Sharpblue is the only cultivar that's self-fertile. The others need cross-pollination so you'll need to plant two different cultivars in order to get berries. The plants are fast-growing and should begin to develop fruit by their third year.
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