Arkansas Berry & Plant Farm

Guide for Planting Small Fruit Plants


Variety Planting Between Rows
(In Feet)
Distance Between Plants
(In Feet)
Interval from Planting to Fruiting
(In Years)
Life of Plants
(In Years)
Estimated Yield per Acre
(Pounds per Acre)
Height of Mature Plat (in Feet) Ripening Time at Our Location
Thornless Blackberries (1 - see note below) 10 5-6 1 15-20 18,000 - 24,000 6-8 June 25th Chester & Thornfree July 8th
Thorn-Type Blackberries 8-10 2-3 1 10-12 5,500
Shawnee - 13,000
4-6 June 10th
Shawnee-June 15th
Boysenberry, Youngberry, Dewberry, Tayberry 8-10 5 1 10-12 5,000 - 7,000 5-6 Trellised June 5th
Everbearing Raspberries (2 - see note below) 6-10 2 1/2 6-10 4,300-5,5000 4-6 Spring-June 5th
Fall-Aug-Frost
Red Raspberries Raspberries 6-10 2 1 6-10 4,000-5,000 4-6 Dormanred is best trellised June 12th
Black Raspberries 8-10 4 1 6-10 5,500-6,500 6 (best trellised) June 5th
Gooseberries, Currants 8-10 4-5 2 12-15 4,200-5,200 3-5 June 15th
Strawberries 4-5 1-2 1 3-4 1 qt./ft of Row 1 May
Blueberries 8-10 5 2 20 plus 9,000-14,000 6-8 Bluejay-June 5th Blueray & Bluecrop June 10th
Grapes 8-10 6-8 2-3 20 plus 27-35 Pounds per Plant 6 (Trellised) Seedless Varieties Mid-late July Seeded Varieties Early-Mid Aug.

  1. Thornless Blackberries are trailing the first year and upright the second. Because of extremely heavy production and to obtain high quality, easy to pick fruit we believe trellising is best. Arapaho and Navaho are self-supporting.
  2. Everbearing Raspberries will bear in the fall on canes that have grown through the summer. They will bear again in spring.


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