Growing Loganberries at the Allotment

Growing Loganberries at the Allotment

Loganberries are like a combination of raspberries and blackberries and are cultivated in the same way as blackberries. They are more tart in taste and are generally preferred cooked for desserts and jams than eaten fresh.

Dormant bareroot trees can be planted late autumn to early spring and container grown trees can be planted any time. Loganberries like a sunny position with plenty of space for its vigorous growth; a fence or border is ideal.

Loganberries like slightly acidic soil but will cope with most soil types and you can dig in some well-rotted manure or compost. Water in well and regularly until the Loganberry tree is established. You can also mulch to retain moisture and supress the weeds.

It is worth pruning and training the shoots and runners for easy cropping and to give exposure to the plant. You can prune the sides which have fruited, after fruiting to make it easier. You can get varieties that are smaller and more compact too.

The Loganberries may need additional support of canes or wires; you can train it to suit your space. Netting will help stop the birds eating the fruits also, or alternatively a fruit cage.

Loganberries will be ready for harvesting in late summer - autumn. They can be handpicked in the same way as you pick blackberries. Loganberries can be eaten fresh, or cooked for desserts and jams.



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Growing Loganberries in Summary

Planting Loganberries

  • Plant dormant bareroot trees in autumn - early spring
  • Plant container grown trees any time
  • Plant in a sunny spot with plenty of space

Growing Loganberries

  • Water regularly until established
  • Prune and train to suit your space
  • Protect from birds

Harvesting Loganberries

  • Harvest late summer - autumn
  • Harvest when the berries are soft and darkened
  • Wear protective gloves and clothing as they stain