Loganberries are a type of hybrid berry cultivated as a cross between blackberries and raspberries, to achieve the sweetness of raspberries with the size and vigour of blackberries. They are grown like summer fruiting raspberries, but rather than planting individual canes, a single loganberry plant produces many canes to provide a sizeable family harvest.
See our introduction to growing hybrid berries.
Loganberries are a great addition to an allotment or fruit garden. They are prolific, producing large sweet fruit almost the size of an adult’s thumb, which are delicious eaten raw, or perhaps even better, when cooked to make deserts or jam.
They are also very hardy and disease resistant. The investment in waiting for the plant to become established should be repaid in harvests over many years.
How To Plant Loganberries
November is an ideal time for planting loganberries, although late winter and very early in spring are alternatives. They should be planted during their dormant season.
A good way of planting loganberries is first to create a strong frame by driving tall stakes (240cm high) into the ground about 3m apart. Rows of wire can be strung between the stakes to create a strong frame for supporting canes.
The loganberry plant should then be set in a hole midway between the canes. Ideally the hole should be well dug and the earth mixed with well rotted organic matter. A rich well rotted manure is ideal.
How To Grow Loganberries
Growing loganberries requires patience as the first proper harvest will happen approximately 18 months after planting.
Loganberries fruit on canes grown the previous year. This means that after winter planting, a loganberry plant will spend the first summer growing canes, which should be tied into the support structure in a fan shape. The following summer these canes will provide the harvest.
Loganberry plants are hardy, and compared to raspberries, develop a root system deeper into the ground. This means they are less sensitive to dry periods. However, they should be watered to avoid the soil drying out, especially in the first year when the plant is becoming established.
When fruiting, loganberries will need a net to protect against birds.
Once loganberry canes have fruited they should be cut back to the ground. However, do not cut back all canes! New summer growth must be retained. These canes will provide their crop the following summer.
Varieties Of Loganberries
Delicious sweet rich flavour. Average yield is over 5kg per plant (once established) in national trials. Harvest from July.
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