Harvest: Early Summer Bearer.
Fruit: Large, long fruits that ripen to a deep maroon. Juicy, sweet-tart berry with delightful aroma.
Facts of note: Perfect for freezing, canning, jams, jellies, and eating fresh. June harvest. Likes mild winter areas. 2–year old plant. Boysenberries were developed from European raspberries and three different varieties of native blackberry. Boysenberries are the fruit that made Knott's Berry Farm of Buena Park, California famous.
Boysenberries were developed from European raspberries and three different varieties of native blackberry. Boysenberry vines prefer deep, well–drained, fertile soil. Boysenberries bear fruit on 2–year old wood. Boysenberries are versatile and hardy but are not as cold hardy as other brambles. Boysenberries are successful in USDA Zones 7-11. Plant late winter to early spring. Space 2’–3’ in a row with 8’–10’ between rows. Sold by the individual plant.
I planted 4 of these in early 2010 in Escondido, CA. Only 2 survived, but both produced well in their second year. I had forgotten that the fruit matures in June, so it was a pleasant surprise!
Like most cane berries, the time period between slightly tart and overripe is only 3-4 days, so you'll want to keep a close eye out. I used bird tape for about 3 weeks and it was fairly effective.