Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Product spotlight: Fruit Plants, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, and Rhubarb

Fruit plants

This year, why not add fruit to your market garden or home orchard? Johnny's has a good selection of healthy berry and rhubarb plants available only for a limited time.


Prime Jim


Strawberry Sparkle is an old-fashioned June-bearing variety renowned for its delicious flavor. It is considered one of the best varieties for jam making and freezing. Plants are vigorous and productive, with medium-size, dark red berries. Strawberry plants are shipped in March through April.

Blackberry Prime Jim is a primocane fruiting variety with large berries. It has a good flavor and sweetness, like other thorny varieties, but it is not as thorny as wild blackberries. Fruits are not recommended for shipping. Summer temperatures above 85˚F can greatly reduce yield. Plants are shipped March through April.

Raspberry Killarney is an early/midseason variety that produces bright red, medium-size fruits that are considered extremely sweet for a raspberry. It was developed in Manitoba and is very cold hardy. One-year-old dormant canes are shipped March through April.



Cranberry Stevens is a hybrid from USDA's cranberry breeding program. It has good yields of round to oval fruits that keep well. 4-year-old plants are shipped in 6" pots. Cranberry plants are shipped mid April to mid June for spring planting or early August through September for fall planting.
Blueberries require more than one variety for pollination, so Johnny's Blueberry Collection includes one plant each of Patriot, Northland, and Jersey. The three varieties mature in sequence, providing a long season of tasty blueberries. 18-month-old plants are shipped March through April.
Rhubarb is the earliest fruit plant to produce in spring, and essential for strawberry-rhubarb pie. We have certified-organic plants of Victoria, a sweet and mild variety, available for shipping from late March through April. Victoria also can be grown from seed. Rhubarb should not be harvested the first year and only lightly harvested the second year. If it's in a suitable location, with well-drained soil, it will produce for a decade or more.

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