Thimbleberry PlantThe soft red berry comes from thimbleberry, a species of the genus Rubus. This species is known botanically as Rubus parviflorus, and also by many other common, such as Western thimbleberry, Sorrel Mountain, Western thimble raspberry, native to western and northern North America etc, names berries thimbleberry are used to jam. This plant is not widely cultivated for its fruit, because they are soft and prone to damage while packing and shipping, so do not expect to find in stores.
It is a very dense shrub and can grow up to 2.5 m in height and spread as wide as its underground rhizomes take it. The top and pale green part underneath the leaves are large, simple, palmately-lobed and toothed no fixed pattern. This deciduous shrub foliage turns deep orange each fall. The stems have no thorns, and can develop from buds and straight shots from the floor. The bush is fast grower and begins to flower and fruit in the second year of being planted. The stems develop side branches on which flowers and fruits are supported. The flowers are white or pink charge and are usually found in groups of two to six. The thimbleberry result is not a true berry, but an aggregate fruit. The fruit buds like pink and turns red at maturity. Numerous drupelets around a central core. The core is pulled away from the drupelets. The fruit is larger, flatter, smoother and more seeds than other berries.
How to grow thimbleberries
These plants grow easily. It can spread through the division and planting dormant rhizome pieces, softwood cuttings and seed. Rhizomes spread is considered the easiest way to grow. Thimbleberries can be grown in a wide range of Arbustos well fed sterile infertile soil. As needs soil even temperature and pH balance is not a problem. They are tolerant of broad environmental change. But if you want to ensure rapid growth, grow in loam or clay loam.
Plant cuttings or rhizomes in soil and water well. New canes will develop within a few weeks from buds at or below ground level. As dogs are sterile the first year, only leaves sprout. Fed with plenty of compost or fertilizer nitrogen base starting a lot of new stem growth and good root system. If in the month of June, fruits and flowers appear, they pinch. Second year onwards, the plant will begin to flower and fruit. Most dogs are able to bear fruit for 4-5 years, after which need to be pruned to make way for new stems. The plants should be watered well to produce good fruit.
Pruning is essential to maintain the plant to become invasive. From the third year onwards, the plant grows fast and steady. Trimming excess broken stems and damaged. Deleting a canes near the center also to facilitate the movement of air and light to dense bush. It would be better to provide a trellis support for your plant. While adding compost, not dig too close to the central stem and roots Thimbleberry are very close to the surface. Sprout new growth around the base of a thimbleberry established during the spring and summer each year. Unless you want the plant to spread, discard all new outbreaks.
Thimbleberries is infected with the virus ringspot Thimbleberry, powdery mildew and root rot including some diseases that infect. Pest mainly includes small birds, squirrels and ants that feed on the fruits. Most of them can be easily contained with proper precautions. Do not store thimbleberries for more than one day, because they are soft and get all squishy. Ripe berries for a long period, so that a crop can be operated for several weeks. So go ahead and plant this berry bush and enjoy its fruits!