Saturday, June 14, 2014

Mysore Black Raspberry Growth, Loxahatchee, Fla.,

Loxahatchee, Fla.--When you think raspberry fields you think of somewhere cold. But that's not the case with the Mysore black raspberries variety. They can grow in south Florida heat according to a friend of mine. She's been growing hers for three years and this season's crop has been better than most.

South Florida grown mysore variety black raspberries,
Loxahatchee, Fla.
Copyright 2014 by Ettasue
"I cut them way back last year," said Ettasue, with a warm smile, "And they grew back with a vengeance." What this meant to her is they grew from a small bush no larger than 1 foot long x 3 feet tall x 1 foot wide in 2013 to a bush that extends the length of her back paddock (approximately 30 feet) and stands six feet tall.

South Florida grown black raspberries growing the length of a
15 foot plus long fence, Loxahatchee, Fla.
Copyright 2014 by Ettasue
She started out growing the black raspberries for her own consumption but this year that changed. In the first month she got close to 1000 berries from her bush. She ate them raw and made them into pies, muffins, and pancakes. She also gave them away to friends as gifts.

South Florida grown black raspberries, Loxahatchee, Fla.
Copyright 2014 by Ettasue.
"From buds to fruit it grows everyday for months," said Ettasue, adding she gets berries all the way into July some years.

She bought the Mysore variety black raspberry (Rubus nevus) bush at a plant sale in Brevard County three years ago.

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