Berryfruit - Loganberry
Rubus idaeus Hybrid
Hybrid cross between Raspberry and Blackberry.
Plants are best grown with support from a boundary fence or similar as they have a trailing habit, try in a planter box against a wall, tied down with wire for support. Ideal in smaller gardens.
High in Vitamins C, A, and E, flavonoids and a fairly good source of essential fatty acids.
How to Eat
Ideal for fresh summer fruit salads and making juice.
Generic Fruiting Time
Sunny site with some afternoon shade.
Does not tolerate wind and salty marine conditions.
Performs well in both warm and cool climates. Is frost tolerant as they become dormant.
Loganberries prefer a slightly acidic soil and free draining. Mulch well to ensure the root systems remain moist during the growing season.
Plant in a warm well drained site with good moisture during fruit ripening. Plant so there is support for the fruiting canes. Plant plants about 1.5m apart.
An application of general fertiliser in spring with compost mulch is all that is required. Too much nitrogen will encourage leaf production instead of flowers.
Prune in winter to remove all canes that have fruited and all damaged and weak canes. Remove canes to the base, any fully thorny canes should be cut off as low to the ground as possible. Tie up young trailing canes to a trellis system, they will fruit in the second year. Remove tips so canes do not become too long and encourage fruiting laterals … read more about pruning
Good hygiene and not growing plants in wet soils will keep many diseases at bay. Bird netting may be needed. A spring spray at bud burst and regular sprays will ensure fruit are pest free.
Cold weather at flowering will result in poor pollination and therefore small fruit.