Choosing those right berries

Since they bloom very early, as soon as the snow begins to recede and temperatures are constant at 5-8 degrees above freezing, the blooming pattern is already set. The flowers are insignificant so this is not an ornamental. The developing fruit will need protection from the birds. For most areas harvest will take place about six to eight weeks after the bloom is finished, making this berry one of the earliest ripening fruits we can grow in our area. Pest control is not an issue so general weed control will be the only real work while the fruit develops and on into the fall after harvest.

Anne Lenox Barlow has had experience in the agricultural field as a horticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. She can be reached by e-mail at a.lennox.barlow@gmail.com.

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