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blueberry bush

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow in central NC

Harvesting home-grown fruits and berries is one of the greatest rewards your garden can offer, but also one of the most challenging. These Extension resources will help you determine which fruits and berries can realistically be grown in our climate, recommended varieties and their pollination needs, care and pruning, and integrated pest management practices that will maximize your chance of success.

Review slides from 2017 class: Growing Fruits and Berries
Review slides from 2016 class: FRUITS AND BERRIES 101

Learn more from these Extension resources:

Quick guide to fruits and berries for Central NC

The Extension Gardener Handbook is your source for practical, research-based information on gardening, lawn care, and landscaping in North Carolina. Chapters 14 & 15 cover growing fruits and berries.

Orchard mason bees are important pollinators of early blooming fruit crops. Encourage orchard mason bees to nest in your home orchard by constructing nesting blocks. Learn how

Soil preparation is an important step for establishing fruits and berries. Learn more about improving and preparing your soil

Growing and Caring for Berries and Grapes:

Growing and Caring for Fruit Trees:

NC State Extension has developed crop based websites known as portals to capture information related to many fruits for both home gardeners and commercial growers. Explore the following portals to learn more!

Pruning Fruits and Berries

Managing Pests and Diseases

Propagating Fruit Plants

Sources of Fruit Trees and Berry Plants – If you can’t find the varieties you want at local garden centers, try these specialty nurseries:

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, or North Carolina Cooperative Extension of any of the companies, products, or organizations listed.

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Learn more about upcoming classes for gardeners

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