Growing berries.

Asked December 31, 2018, 8:21 PM EST

My sister and family just moved to Juneau. I visited and love it! They have a fenced large backyard. Can they grow a berry bush? What kind of berries would you recommend for Juneau?

Juneau Alaska berries

1 Response

There are many options for berries and other edible landscape plants that can thrive in Juneau!
That said, this is a very challenging and variable environment and it's always best to start with the low hanging fruit (sorry- couldn't resist) which include those species who naturalize readily such as raspberries, blueberries, currants, highbush cranberries or even salmon berries. Other, less common and a bit less reliable harvests, are strawberries and arctic kiwis.
We can have success with some apple and cherry varieties and of course the most reliable non-fruit-but-used-like-fruit to have (for those who like it) is rhubarb!
Have your sister get a hold of me at the Juneau, Cooperative Extension Office, for details on varieties, upcoming garden classes, etc.
Best,
Darren