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My Pot-Grown Tayberry

My Tayberry is in its second year and is fruiting like mad again. The fruits are ready slightly earlier this year (must have been all the good weather we had in April). As last year they still looked like this in the first week of June.

But these beauties are definitely ready for eating – and that’s exactly what I plan to do! I reckon I’ve got maybe 15 – 20 Tayberries this year. Not bad for a pot grown plant.

The plant itself seems to be doing well too, vigorous and healthy. I did have some trouble with tiny caterpillars eating the leaves but that was just me not being very vigilant and it doesn’t seem to have affected the fruit at all.

The pot is fairly big and against a south-facing, sandstone wall that gets quite warm in the sun and then radiates heat back out. Ideal for fruit really. Although I’m a bit worried about it getting pot bound so I might check if it needs repotting at the end of the season.

Other than that, roll on the Tayberries!

16 Responses to “My Pot-Grown Tayberry”

  1. Cristina (Rochester Reader)on 31 May 2011 at 12:20 pm

    These look wonderful! I had no idea you could be so successful growing it in a pot… I must try this next year :-)

  2. Paul @ GrowingOurOwnon 31 May 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oooh that looks lovely! Another fruit to add to my ever expanding list… :)

  3. David - THMon 31 May 2011 at 1:44 pm

    There are a few small people in our family that would soon devour those! Our youngest was outside at 6:15am one morning eating the mangetout!

    Pics look great.

  4. mtpon 31 May 2011 at 5:06 pm

    In our house we use them as bribes – ‘if you eat one more bite of courgette you can have a Tayberry.’ It works, every time!

  5. Tomon 31 May 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve never even heard of a Tayberry! How does the taste compare to other soft fruits?

  6. maureenon 31 May 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Oohhh I can’t wait for my first Tayberry now I have seen your lovelies. I have loads on my bush which is in the ground, but not ripe yet.

  7. citysmallholderon 01 Jun 2011 at 7:16 am

    They do look wonderful, I have to admit. We’ve got some blueberry bushes, but they don’t seem to be doing as well as your tayberries. However, we haven’t lost all hope just yet.

    We used to ‘bribe’ our daughter in a similar way when she was little, using the fruit and veg she loved to make her eat a bit of the ones she wasn’t too keen on. You’re right, it works every time.

    Have a nice day, and enjoy your lovely fruit.

    Didi

  8. jacob@fruit&veggrowing.comon 01 Jun 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I haven’t actually tasted a Tayberry, are they like raspberries?
    why do you grow in pots? do they get out of control like raspberries can?

  9. Debbieon 01 Jun 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Drool….

  10. mtpon 01 Jun 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Tayberries are a hybrid between a Raspberry and a Blackberry. It’s subtle but you really can taste the Blackberry in there. They are also huge! Sometimes double the size of a regular Raspberry.

    I’m growing mine in pots because I have literally run out of space for permanent planting. So I ‘created’ space against my south-facing wall. Otherwise I would plant them in the ground.

  11. Matronon 02 Jun 2011 at 5:45 pm

    What wonderful berries! My loganberries are only a few weeks behind yours. Mouth watering!

  12. hydroponicson 08 Jun 2011 at 2:49 pm

    The best way to grow tayberries is with hydroponics you get much larger and tastier fruits.Never garden grow again.

  13. debon 09 Jun 2011 at 12:03 pm

    My tayberry is 3 years old and I planted it against the side of my greenhouse hoping it would give some natural shade…and its defo doing the job….its huge. Once in the ground it grew very rapidly espeically with lots of dugin well rotted horse poop.

    I have made a frame from trees branches (needed to cut a conifer tree down..honest! – I hate the damn things). The curvature and rough surface of the branches compared to conventional style bamboo and ‘anal’ ornate types from the garden centres, suit it well. The tayberry rambles on, up and over, so I can still use the earth surrounding the tayberry for those crops that dont need as much sunlight but do benefit from some overhead protection.

    So my advise… don’t be too woried about planting a tayberry in the ground and it getting big, you can train it like I have and still use the area of earth at the base (obviously not too close to the roots.

    And they taste great I tend to pick little and often, and freeze them until I have enough for all 4 of us, and then its munch munch munch with other in season favourites.

    I have to admit living in the Norht West mine are nowhere near ripe, they will need another month at least so will my strawberries.

    You luck divils in the south….

  14. Juleson 10 Jun 2011 at 10:50 am

    They look fabulous! My tayberry had to be cut back when we had a fence replaced, so we won’t be seeing any fruits this year…

  15. Pavelon 23 Jun 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Tayberries? I have never actually seen or heard of them! I’m not sure if they’re available in Australia, where I am, or if I’ve just never laid eyes on them.
    What do they taste like??

  16. mulberry bagson 13 Aug 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Always be careful folks eating berries straight from the plant. Open a few up before eating them as sometimes there are bugs inside them.