You can grow your whole soft fruit cage from the dozens of berry varieties here.
We grow almost all our soft fruit here in the UK, and our varieties are chosen to eat off the bush, cook or freeze.
Except for the Blackberries, Blueberries and Hybridberries, most of our stock are bareroot plants.
Bareroot stock is cheaper than its container grown equivalent, and it is only delivered in the winter.
Berry bushes are mostly very easy to grow: fertile soil, good drainage and plenty of sun is ideal, and you can still get great crops from Blackberries, Raspberries and Hybridberries in pretty poor conditions.
You will find more growing and pruning advice in each category.
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The most important factor to consider is cropping period. If you only have space for a few plants, then you may as well go for the heaviest croppers, but if you have room for a fair few then it makes sense to get a range of early, mid-season and late cropping varieties so that you can enjoy fresh off the bush berries over a couple of months, instead of getting a glut all in one go.
The soft fruit category contains some of the best plants for getting a crop in poor light conditions: out of our range, only Strawberries really need their sun to thrive. As a general rule, the less sweet the fruit is (cooking varieties are typically less sweet than eating ones), the better it will do in the shade. If your site is terrible in every way, then Blackberries are your best option for shady, damp and poorly fertile places.
All soft fruit bushes will perform at their best with close to a full day of sun, fertile soil with good drainage, and shelter from the wind. Apart from strawberries, which really need sun (alpine wild strawberries like Leo Alba are the exception), they mostly tolerate shade well. The more shade there is, the smaller the crop will be. You can improve the crop quality by thinning it, removing the weakest looking fruit.
Blackberries, Tayberries and Loganberries are recommended for the shadiest conditions.
Soft fruit have shallow, spreading roots. So shallow that you shouldn't trample the soil around your raspberry bushes in summer if you can help it, because you'll damage the roots while they're busy feeding your crop. It is therefore easy to improve the top layer of soil for them, or create low raised beds. A low raised bed for soft fruit is an excellent choice if your soil is totally terrible, as long as you can keep it irrigated consistently in summer. If you do dig the soil to prepare it, dig nice and wide.
There is a yearly pruning routine for every type, and it is important to make these quick and easy tasks into calendar items, to prevent your plants getting overgrown, losing their form, or being under-productive.
Practise good hygiene by removing leaf litter and fallen fruit: it is safer to burn this than compost it, unless you are certain that your compost is well run, getting really hot, at least 65C, and being turned over as required.
Keep weeds at bay with mulch. Protect your fruit trees from pests and diseases.
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