Boysenberries are good for you

The boysenberry is a cross between raspberry, blackberry and loganberry.

In the late 1920s, George M. Darrow, who worked for the U.S. Agriculture Authority, heard reports of large, reddish-purple berries. He went in search of these berries and consulted the farmer Walter Knott, who was known as a berry expert. They found out about Rudolph Boysen's breeding attempts on his farm in Anaheim / California, which he had given up years earlier and sold the farm. Nonetheless, you set out and only found a weed-overgrown field where some berry bushes were struggling to survive. Knott planted these in his home and from 1935 sold the juicy berries with increasing success on his own farm in Buena Park near Los Angeles. When asked about the name of the large, delicious berries, he replied: "Boysenberries", after their breeder. The Knott family's business flourished. They began to make canned food, which later made Knott's Berry Farm famous.

Cultivation period: perennial climbing plant

Preparations for planting: The plants can be grown in Germany without any problems. Work some rotted manure or compost into the soil. The pH should be neutral, i.e. around 7. The plants need a climbing aid.

Planting: Planting is best done in March or April. The planting distance should be 2.5 m.

Care measures: The care measures are the same as for blackberries. Old rods should be cut out after harvest. The plants make subterranean runners, of which approximately the 6 strongest shoots are tied up again. Any stinging shoots from the leaf axils should be shortened. After the harvest is a good time to re-fertilize, as the nutrients are needed for the flower set in the next year.