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Bellevue, NE
Ceckery
Mar 17, 2021 2:31 PM CST
I've got some smaller varieties of blueberries that I'm going to be growing in pots (top hat, jelly bean, berry bux). Might get other varieties if I can find them at a decent price and if I can find room. I'm also going to do some strawberries in containers. Now I'm wondering if I could do some raspberries in pots (maybe a raised bed if I can convince husband we need another). Anyone successfully grown raspberries in containers? I'm zone 5 and have black raspberries in ground already but would love to have any color. Also wondering if anyone has successfully grown rhubarb in containers (I don't have room in ground unless we build a raised bed).
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Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Mar 17, 2021 8:31 PM CST
You want to grow raspberries in container otherwise they spread, it took me a year to get rid of a free raspberry plant.
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Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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UrbanWild
Mar 18, 2021 10:19 AM CST
I've grown (and still do) many of the Brazelberries varieties of raspberries and blueberries including some of the ones you mentioned. We started 5 years ago. I wouldn't say they're flourishing in containers but most are still alive. I think the summer heat and direct sun puts a hurt on them. We get meager harvests from them. To rectify, we've put many in less open locations. Additionally, we dug a deep bed and have been developing soil for two seasons. We hope to plant them in that long bed next year some time once the soil is better. With these and other plants, I think they do best in the ground. In containers, they have been low production novelties requiring a lot of watering and watching. We'll still keep them but are trying to give them the tools to be better producers. Thus far, even with rhizomous spread they have been manageable.
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Bellevue, NE
Ceckery
Mar 18, 2021 10:28 AM CST
My black raspberries are in ground and they don't spread except by tip rooting. I just currently don't have any more good in ground locations (plus my soil is a lot of clay). I did find my blueberries prefer only half a day of sun (that's what my raspberries currently get). For the blueberries I'll probably sink the pots in the ground for now since it's cheaper than redoing all the soil there to make them happy. I'm going within a few years we can move to the country where I could then plant things in ground more.
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Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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UrbanWild
Mar 19, 2021 11:54 AM CST
BTW, many of those Brazelberries selections were $30-50 about 5 years ago. I saw a few of them this week at Tractor Supply for $10. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Bellevue, NE
Ceckery
Mar 19, 2021 1:23 PM CST
Yeah. The tractor supply closest to me has the little blackberry babycakes and raspberry shortcake available. The question is can I find more pots and room for them? I just potted up strawberries (they'll go in the ground after we get new siding, berry beds are right next to the house and I don't want them stepped on). I got the 2 blueberries, jelly bean and berry bux, from tractor supply. I wonder if I could just fill this whole raised bed with dwarf berry bushes (2 level bed is a strawberry patch but most died due to heat so I could possibly plant smaller blueberries there, making a shade cover for this year since the sun reflects off that window a lot)...
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