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Tropicaltoba

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Shade tolerant berries?
« on: July 16, 2023, 12:34:54 PM »
I have increasing shade in my backyard, I used to be able to grow grapes but now there is only vegetative growth. I transplanted gooseberries against a fence that only gets evening sun. They produced a dozen berries last year but none this year. Should I try something else that is shade tolerant like thimbelberries or black currants (i have both in other parts of my yard) or do u think itís futile? Note I had the trees thinned last year and I donít think it did anything.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2023, 01:25:53 PM »
I have increasing shade in my backyard, I used to be able to grow grapes but now there is only vegetative growth. I transplanted gooseberries against a fence that only gets evening sun. They produced a dozen berries last year but none this year. Should I try something else that is shade tolerant like thimbelberries or black currants (i have both in other parts of my yard) or do u think itís futile? Note I had the trees thinned last year and I donít think it did anything.

My thimbles do fine in shade, although they like morning sun if they can get it. They do okay in true full-shade, but they won't grow as fast or flower as much.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2023, 06:18:32 PM »
I am no expert on northern berries, but I remember eating thimble berries from shaded areas while hiking up north. I also ate watermelon berries from similar locations in Alaska. The berries were mild with watermelon aftertaste, but only about as sweet as a sweet cucumber. Would wild strawberries or winter green grow there? Wintergreen would make leaves for nice tea even if you didn't get any berries.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2023, 01:38:21 PM »
I have wild strawberries in the same areas and the work well as a ground cover and flower well on the spring before the canopy gets too dense. Iíve also got They donít produce much in the way of fruit there. Iíve got wintergreen as well but Iím looking for something better tasting. Iíll have to look into watermelon berries thanks for the idea.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2023, 12:52:19 PM »
I have wild strawberries in the same areas and the work well as a ground cover and flower well on the spring before the canopy gets too dense. Iíve also got They donít produce much in the way of fruit there. Iíve got wintergreen as well but Iím looking for something better tasting. Iíll have to look into watermelon berries thanks for the idea.

Mulberries will tolerate shade. Blueberries don't like it, but it won't kill them.

Alkekengi (Chinese Lantern) are hardy to zone three and love shade. They are however a weed and are seedy as hell. Physalis (groundcherries/cape gooseberry) can probably do okay as an annual.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2023, 02:35:56 PM »
Salal actually grows better in partial shade.  It's probably right up your alley.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2023, 12:30:59 AM »
Thanks I head never heard of that before. Unfortunately itís a little too cold where I live. Wintergreen (procumbens) does well in my yard under those conditions but itís a lot more cold Hardy.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2023, 02:11:02 AM »
What about honeyberries? Mine do fine in shade, and I like them even though they are a bit tart, they are sweet too.

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Re: Shade tolerant berries?
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2023, 06:40:11 PM »
I never tried those in the shade, Iíve got those growing in a sunnier part of my yard and they do well. I might give that a go next year. Thanks for sharing your experience.
« Last Edit: October 05, 2023, 06:41:42 PM by Tropicaltoba »

 

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