Posts Tagged ‘Baba Raspberry’

I didn’t know what to do with my Bababerries, so I chickened out and planted them in containers. I am worried about heavy clay soggy soils that Raspberries do not like. I am also concerned about runners and the spread of the patch. It is my understanding that Raspberries can be hard to control once they are established. Maybe I will need to construct a raised bed. It looks like I will have a handful of berries off the plants that I have in containers.

Looks like I will have a handful of Raspberries this year. I have them planted in containers until I know where I want to plant them.



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We are having some weird weather and the plants are not sure what to do. I have an Anna Apple tree in full bloom. Some of my bare-root Baba Raspberries are sprouting new growth but my blackberries and other fruit trees are still dormant.  I rushed to take some photos before I left for a Superbowl party at my brother’s house, so they are not my best. Make sure you click twice on the photos. You won’t believe the detail in the close flower shots.

Second year Anna Apple in full bloom.

A close up of the Anna Apple blossom. There were a swarm of bees around this tree. I think that I should have a fair number of Apples this year.

Another view of my Anna Apple tree in full bloom. Notice the other pink flowers in the back ground?

I can't believe that my bare-root Baba Raspberries are sprouting already. I haven't put them into the ground yet!

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I purchased two Baba Raspberry plants from Walter Anderson’s Nursey, and one of them succumbed to a pest and the pesticide to kill the pest. I wanted a few more plants, so I placed and order with Walter Anderson Nursery in Poway, California. I was happy to get a phone call telling me that my three plants had come in. They were much bigger and very healthy than my previous two plants. I think I am going to plant them in a barrel for a couple of reasons. The first being that my ground is just way to dense and does not drain enough for the standard raspberry plant. I also want them to get some partial shade in the late afternoon, and I just don’t have the right location to put them into the ground. I guess the benefit of a barrel is that they will not spread their suckers to other areas, soil permitting of course. Click on the pictures to get a bigger size.

These plants were a special order from Walter Anderson's Nursery in Poway California. I am very pleased.

These plants came from Dave Wilson's Nursery. I special ordered them from Walter Anderson's Nursey in Poway California.

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From what I understand, both stores will allow you to pre-order the Bababerry Raspberry bare root. The order may come in around December or January. I did not get an exact cost, but an employee though it would be around $5-6 per bare root plant. I pre-ordered three of them to make up for the one that I accidentally killed with too much Sevin dust. If all goes well, I will have 4 healthy plants in the ground by the end of January. If you would like more information, I provided the link below for Walter Anderson’s main page and a link to their bare root ordering list. They have a big selection.

Walter Anderson Nursery Main Page

Walter Anderson Bare Root Fruit List

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Well it is mid-Agust and I have had some successes and failures in my berry selection. The three triple crown plants are going nuts. I did not expect them to thrive after planting them in the heat of July. I was expecting a little die back, but that did not occur. In the spring, these plants should send up 6-8 new canes and they will be monsters with established roots systems. The pictures below show little one gallon plants that started off as little sticks. You can click on the photos for added detail. If you click twice on the same photo you get BIG.

This is the most impressive plant with a cane that is nearing 10 feet. I have pinched the tip on this cane twice to encourage lateral shoots, but this plant is stubborn. The cane on this plant is larger than pencil thick.

I finally uprooted my ailing Natchez" Blackberry and added my last potted Triple Crown in this location. Don't worry about the Natchez, I am trying to save him. See photo below.

When I pulled this plant, the root ball seem very small with no visible new growth on the plant or the roots. I repotted him in potting soil to see if I can bring this plant back to health.

Some new growth on the Black Satin Blackberry indicates that it is healthy, but it is not nearly as vigorous as the Triple Crown Blackberries.

It appears that one of my "Baba Raspberries" died. It wss hammered with bugs and the sevin dust most likely killed the tender shoots. I will still water and wait to see.

The other Baba Raspberry is thriving. At least one plant made it. I plan to nurture this one to full size and plant in the fall when the temps are not so harsh.

The Oauchita Blackberries are showing new growth in their temporary home. They will be planted in the fall.

I will plant the Marionberry in the fall, on the opposite side of the property.

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I have been pampering these Baba Raspberries since I purchased them from Cedros Gardens, by hand watering them each day and giving a little shot of organic fertilizer. I want these plants healthy so I can get them in the ground by late fall. Here is the “Before” shot of the second plant. As stated before, you can click on the pictures to bring up some fine detail. If you are not familiar with the Bababerry, see my original post in July 2011.

A much healthier looking berry plant. Let's hope that the bugs stay away from this one.

Three weeks later is the “After”:

Look at the amount of change after 2 weeks of care.

The first Bababerry has had some challenges. I had a leaf hopper eat the thing on the first night that I brought it home. Even though the caption states the bug was a “no-see-um”, I found the 1.5 inch bug and squashed it in the dirt so you could not “see-um” anymore. See the “Before” picture below:

Here is the first Bababerry plant with major damage from the "no-see-ums".

Here is the “After” shot. I think it is too soon to tell if this plant will make it yet.

Some progress but the Sevin Dust burned the tender leaves.

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In my search to find low chill variety fruiting plants, I came across a Raspberry that is well suited and in some cases regarded as one of the better raspberry varieties available  not only in southern California but other ares of the country too. It has the unique name of “Bababerry” or “Baba Raspberry”. There seems to be a distribution issue now as this variety has not been widely available at the big box stores. There are a few online retailers that have them available in limited quantities during the fall. In my internet quests for knowledge, I found out some original patent information about this berry. Read below:

Baba Berry Patent Information

It turns out this Raspberry was discovered in Idyllwild, CA and patented in 1979.  The plant is well adapted to warm weather climates and has been a very successful berry in many San Diego gardens.

I found another garden blog that details a “Bababerry” success.

Hanbury House – “Bababerries”

I manged to secure two plants from a Solana Beach Nursery on Cedros Avenue. They have a really nice nursery with many specialty plants. I was really happy to purchase them locally in July and not wait until fall to order them online. If you are in the area, I would suggest a visit.

Cedros Gardens

Since purchasing these little guys, I have an invisible “no-see-um” that is killing my new leaves and shoots before the leave opens up fully. I just tried some Sevin dust on one of the plants to see if that might help. I have been told that these plants are tough, so I hope I can get these plants through the tender stage. See pictures below.

Here is the first Bababerry plant with major damage from the "no-see-ums".

Here is a picture of the other plant that seems to be safe for now.

A much healthier looking berry plant. Let's hope that the bugs stay away from this one.

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