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Description

Huge berries with outstanding flavor! This plant produces juicy, deep purple berries that can grow to be over an inch long and an inch around. Delectable when eaten fresh and famously used for outstanding jams and jellies. Original Boysen cultivar. Heat-tolerant. Ripens in late July. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 6 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 6 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have had some success with blackberries and wanted to try other types of berries to see if they would survive in this area.
Richard R on Aug 30, 2016
This will work as a natural/edible perimeter fence for part of my property - and the price was reasonable.
Philip F on Aug 3, 2016
I have had some success with blackberries and wanted to try other types of berries to see if they would survive in this area.
Richard R on Aug 30, 2016
Wife recalls as a young girl, eating and liking the Boysenberry. So, inasmuch as I had quit growing the blackberries, I decided to please the 'better-half' and give them a try.
Cbuck on Aug 24, 2016
This will work as a natural/edible perimeter fence for part of my property - and the price was reasonable.
Philip F on Aug 3, 2016
These are for my MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY...
She loves THESE... Now she will have here VERY OWN BOYSENBERRYS....
GREAT PLANTS FROM A GREAT COMPANY!!!
PAUL I on May 26, 2016
Boysens have a perfect time for picking. If picked too green, they are sour. If picked to late, they get a moldy taste. Produce purchased from stores, and even farmer's markets, are picked when still not fully ripe. It's a transportation and time issue. They just don't have the flavor and sweetness of vine ripened boysens. These plants are to replace ones I have had for over 15 years. New spot. New soil. New plants.
Rosalind M on Apr 16, 2016
I have blackberries and blueberries and if I could find it in a gallon size I would have bought loganberries but since I could not I decided to try out boysenberries instead.
Joshua M on Apr 5, 2016
I live in Oregon, where there's an abundance of wild blackberries, but boysenberries have a unique flavor that i wanted to add to my garden.
Karin O on Mar 31, 2016
Growing up in Central coast California we had boysenberrys and I miss the taste, to me they are better than blackberrys. I haven't been able to buy plants here in Western Washington.
Reberta S on Mar 16, 2016
Very tasty and impossible to find in stores
Ivan V on Mar 16, 2016
have been looking for boysenberries. None locally so I had to order.
Grew up near Knott's Berry Farm and always liked the boysenberry jam and syrup.
Kim W on Mar 5, 2016
Wife recalls as a young girl, eating and liking the Boysenberry. So, inasmuch as I had quit growing the blackberries, I decided to please the 'better-half' and give them a try.
Cbuck on Aug 24, 2016
These are for my MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY...
She loves THESE... Now she will have here VERY OWN BOYSENBERRYS....
GREAT PLANTS FROM A GREAT COMPANY!!!
PAUL I on May 26, 2016
How many cups of berries would I get from one plant the first year if it's a Gallon container plant size? Boysenberry.
jjgarden on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes not much, year 2 maybe a cup, 3 an on should be best for fruit, let some trailers root for new plants too, transplant 3 ft apart.
are these thornless?
Betty K on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine have wicked backward pointing thorns. If your clothes get in them, next to impossible to get out - must back into them (which is usually the last thing you want to do when you are near them). Picking them requires a very delicate touch in order to not get fingers, hands, or arms impaled, and ultimately stuck as if in a Chinese finger trap. The thorns themselve's can be up to about 3/8" long and are needle sharp, very hard, and do not break off easily. But the flavor of the berries make it worthwhile.
Do these come alive or bare root?
Ginny C on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe bare root, encased in a plastic bag, and filled with moistened paper so the roots don't dry out. I have ordered berries live and bare root, but the majority have been BR. I have kept them outside for two weeks in the cold because I couldn't plant them right away. They did fine.
Will four plants be enough for a small family of five? We love boysenberries
Bernard W on May 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That's a hard question to answer, I don't know how you define "enough". I planted 9 plants for my family of 6, but I planted them only 1 year ago, so they haven't born any fruit yet. If you are looking to eat a small handful each day during harvest season, then you might be ok. If you are looking to freeze enough to last all year, I doubt you're going to have enough. If you are patient, 4 will propagate into a lot more over the years, but it will take years. I didn't want to wait, so I started off strong. But again, I only planted mine 14 months ago, so I haven't gotten any fruit yet. From what I can tell, I'll probably get a little this year, but probably just a few handfulls.
Can it be planted in a large container?
Bob R on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours in the ground but have planted similar plants in large pots. I would suggest at least at pot 20 inches across. You will need a trellis or stakes to secure the branches.
What Variety boysenberry is this? Western blackberry hybrid? Nectar Boysenberry
jjgarden on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's the original boysenberry variety. The only "name" other than "Boysenberry" available found for it is "Thornless", but the plants aren't actually thornless.

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Boysenberries are the Greatest
Have been growing these berries for over 10 years, closer to 15-20 years. Easy to establish with huge berries on nearly thornless canes. Everybody loves them.
April 15, 2016
Looking forward to berry growth.
My plants are really growing with new canes coming up everywhere. The canes from last year are loaded with green fruit. I'm looking forward to seeing them ripen.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Boysenberry review
This is the second year since I have planted my boysenberries and right now the plant has a ton of berries on it. Can;t wait to see how they taste. First year only had a few, but then I guess that is to be expected. They look really good so far.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Boysenberry
I dug up the plants and gave them to a friend. Well, they grew back again and I guess I've got more plants to give to my friend or anybody else. I've decided that I want more of an upright plant and not something that sprawls. One thing for sure, they are hardy plants.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
a different kind of berry
these berries send out runners, Aggressively. Very lively. After only one year, they are taking over their space. Would not be good for a confined space. I have not harvested a crop yet, but they are covered with blossoms. I will need to thin.
I will keep you posted .
May 15, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Boysenberry
I love boysenberrys. I guess it from remembering my grandma's boysenberry patch. But they take a few seasons to mature. They need full sun and water every day. A soaker hose and timer works good. A little patience helps too.
May 20, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Berry plants are really taking off now....
Last year when I planted three of the and they just didn't seem to do anything. By Fall, they had finally started to grow.
This Spring, though, they have really taken off and are growing much better. I had to put metal cages around them to hold the vines up. Lots of flowers in bloom, which means I will get berries to harvest.
May 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Literally The Best Tasting Blackberry Variety
Absolutely deliciois .... Tastes like artificial grape flavor a little .... If you are going to plant a Blackberry variety or a Hybrid this is the best one and i have close to every variety of berry .... I am not kidding.
August 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Boysenberries should be in every garden
Boysenberry are simply the best of the black berries. They were once extremely popular but because they were considered more fragile than other berries the big farms fazed them out, for firmer, less tasty for markets. Nothing beats a boysenberry pie made from homegrown boysens. Easy to grow.
April 16, 2016
great plant
I didn't think they would grow in my area (western Montana) but I have them in old tires and they are growing great. Love them.
August 5, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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