Growing Hybrid Berries

Growing Hybrid Berries - Collection

Hybrid berries have been cultivated to combine the best features of traditional cane fruit to achieve:

  • Larger sweeter berries
  • Better disease resistance
  • Longer cropping seasons
  • Higher yields
  • etc.

The following is a brief overview of the parentage of the hybrids:

  • Tayberries
    A cross between blackberries and raspberries
  • Loganberries
    A cross between blackberries and raspberries
  • Boysenberries
    A cross between loganberries, raspberries, and dewberries
  • Wineberries
    Not actually a hybrid, but a wild (invasive) type of raspberry originally from Asia

On an allotment, or in a fruit garden, they can be real stars. They have been developed to produce the most amount of delicious large fruit in a minimum of growing space. One plant is often all that is needed to supply a harvest for a family.

Growing Hybrid Berries

The growing cycle of hybrid berries closely follows that of summer fruiting raspberries. This means there is an 18 month wait for a first true harvest, but the plants will then become highly productive and last for many years.

The best time for planting is in the winter dormancy period, either November or February / early March. The summer of the first year is when the plants become established. The canes that grow should be tied into a support structure (typically wire strung between stakes) ideally in a fan shape. This shape helps make cropping much easier, but also provides much needed protection against wind damage.

The first proper harvest will take place in year 2, with the fruit appearing on the previous year’s canes.

Once the canes have provided their fruit they should be cut back to the ground. However, do not cut back all canes!  The new summer growth must be retained and tied into the support structure in order to provide the following year’s harvest.

If you want more plants, it is possible to propagate hybrid berries by burying the tip of a cane into the soil. After the cane has taken root and new growth has become established, the original cane can be cut from the parent plant and transplanted to a new location.

Varieties Of Hybrid Berries

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These varieties have been selected from the range of Suttons Seeds. You may like to see all their hybrid varieties here.

Tayberry Varieties

Growing Tayberries - Tayberry Plant


Buckingham Tayberry. Large crops of large, purple, delicious fruit. Good for deserts, even better made into jam. Harvest from July.
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Loganberry Varieties

Growing Loganberries - Loganberry Plant


Delicious sweet rich flavour. Average yield is over 5kg per plant (once established) in national trials. Harvest from July.
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Boysenberry Varieties

Growing Boysenberries - Boysenberry Plant


Incredibly hardy and disease resistant - even more so than blackberries, and the fruit is several times the size. Harvest from July.
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Wineberry Varieties

Growing Wineberries - Wineberry Plant


A pretty plant, worth its place in the garden aside from the fruit. Harvest from August.
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See all varieties of hybrid berries on Sutton Seeds.

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