Suggested Berry Varieties for Ontario
Reviewed by Ontario Coordinated Berry Crops Variety Trials Committee
Many factors go into decisions about what varieties to plant. All varieties have strengths and weaknesses, which make them more or less suitable for certain sites. Before choosing a variety consider location, soil type and intended market.
Each year a team of researchers, growers, OBGA representatives and OMAFRA specialists, meet to discuss performance of berry varieties in Ontario and to suggest varieties which might be suitable for trial. We use the following definitions to group varieties as suited for general planting, limited or regional planting, or something to try on a small scale.
Well-known varieties of proven performance and market value. Grow well in most locations but not necessarily the best variety for all locations.
These varieties have value but should be limited in extent of planting. Some may have proven valuable in trial plantings and warrant further commercial experience. Others may be adapted to a specific region or be useful only for selected markets.
These are promising, newer varieties which require further testing to establish their commercial value.
|Currant, Black||Ben Alder
|Currant, Red||Red Lake||Rovada|
|Raspberry, Fall bearing||
| Anne (yellow-fruited)
|Raspberry, Red Summer bearing||Boyne||Killarney
|Strawberry, June bearing||
For pick-your-own and retail markets
*Extremely susceptible to Phytophthora root
rot and/or crown gall. Should only be grown from tissue-cultured
plants on raised beds.
**Southwestern regions only
*** greenhouse production only
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