Which Berries are the Best to Grow Easily?

Let's take a look at 10 berries you can grow easily - whether it be on your farm, small holding or backyard!

Berries are a high value crop that produce nutritious, delicious fruit that are in high demand. If you think berry farming could be your niche, then this video is perfect for you. Here is our list of The Top 10 Berries That You Can Grow.

Strawberries

When starting a strawberry farm, you can expect a large initial capital expenditure. However, if you can source the necessary funds, then strawberry farming could not only allow you to generate an income, but to become a job creator too. 500 square meters worth of land could be enough to jumpstart your business. Even smaller areas can be used if container and vertical planters are going to be used. If you want to maximize your income, try and locate your farm nearby to urban areas. You can then offer picking trips and café meals to customers as well.

Blueberries

Establishing a blueberry farm will require a large capital expenditure at the offset. However, if you can get your farm up and running, you can expect your plants to be fruitful for the next 30 years with proper care. Blueberries require well drained, acidic soils and will suffer under direct, prolonged sunlight. Therefore, if you want to harvest top notch blueberries you will need to erect shade nets. The expense of these nets should be worthwhile, as they not only cool the plants, but can protect the fruit from birds, hail and wind damage.

Raspberries

If your land receives full sunlight, has fertile and well drained soil that is slightly acidic, then raspberries could be the berry for you. Whilst raspberries can be cultivated without the use of shade netting, the fruit will be lower in quality and quantity when grown in the open field. So, if you cannot erect shade nets, raspberries could still be an option. However, the delicate flesh of the berries means that the fruit is difficult to export. So, if you see that local demand is not being supplied, then get growing!

Cape Gooseberries

This fruit is deceptively named, as it is not scientifically classified as a gooseberry. This fruit is a member of the nightshade family, which includes other fruits like tomatoes and peppers. Unlike blueberries and raspberries, the plants will only be fruitful for up to 2 years. After this, they will need to be replaced with new stock. Unfortunately, Colombia has monopolized international gooseberry exports. Therefore, only grow these berries if you see that supply is failing to meet local demands.

Blackberries

The worldwide demand for blackberries has been on the rise over the past few years, which has motivated farmers to increase production. The fruit is a hardier compared to their bramble counterparts - the raspberry. This make these fruit easier to harvest and export. Nonetheless, sourcing varieties that suit international requirements is difficult. However, with new cultivar development, blackberry farming could become a suitable option for many farmers.

Goji Berries

The goji berry is one of the most nutritious berries on the market. The berries can scavenge free radicals and boast very high levels of numerous vitamins and minerals. Unlike many other berry plants, the goji berry is unfussy about its environment and can tolerate stress far better than its counterparts. The bush also has a deep root system. This means it can access deep, underground water supply so it can withstand dry periods. The roots also improve soil stability, helping to limit erosion and reclaim degraded environments.

Boysenberries

 The canes of the boysenberry can grow vigorously, therefore they require a lot pruning and general maintenance. Boysenberries are most used in the making of preserves. So, if you fancy yourself a jam connoisseur, then plant consider planting boysenberry shrubs and make a unique and tasty value-added product

Cranberries

Cranberries, native to north America, are grown in fields called ‘’bogs’’. The berries are borne on low growing vines and the bogs are completely flooded twice a year. The first flooding protects the underlying plants from frosty winters, whilst the second flooding happens the following autumn. Cranberries have air pockets inside the fruit, which allows them to float come the second flood. At this time, water harvesters knock the ripe fruit off the vines so the fruits can float to the top of the water and get harvested. So, if you have a large area of land with a reliable supply of a large volume of water in north America, then you could consider cranberry farming.

Check out this great video on how cranberries grow!


Persimmons

Also known as Sharon fruit, the persimmon is a tropical fruit that grows on trees. The fruit is harvested in the late summers and early wintertime. Farmers can expect to harvest up to 40 tons of fruit per hectare during good production years. For ideal production, a farm must have a high humidity, ample irrigation and be capable of fertilizing with high levels of nitrogen. Southern hemisphere growers can also look at exporting their harvest to fill the off periods in the northern hemisphere countries, which can up the asking price for high quality Sharon fruit.


Bananas

Believe it or not, the banana is botanically classified as a berry. The banana plants require warm temperatures to hasten their growth. This is especially important because the fruits growth can only commence after a certain number of leaves have grown on the tree. Every year, a new crop is borne on new suckers that grow from beneath the soils and effectively move the trees year after year. This led to the description of ‘’marching’’ banana plantations. On of the issues with banana cultivation is their prevalence to disease and the trees must be replaced every decade or so. However, if a farmer has a large enough location in a humid, warm region then a banana plantation could be the solution. 


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