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5 Reasons to Grow Fruit

Produce Fresh Fruit All Season Long

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5 Key Benefits of
Growing Fruit
Season-long Fruit:
Harvest Comparison Charts

With fruit seeds, plants, and plugs from Johnny's, you can be first to enjoy the freshest, most delectable fruit in the spring, extend your fruit harvest season long into fall, and become renowned for producing premium fruit of the highest quality and flavor.

Whether you most highly prize the superlative flavor, proven health benefits, or outstanding visual appeal that fresh, locally grown fruit brings to the table, it is easier now than ever to reap these benefits throughout the growing season.

Johnny's Blackberries
Johnny's Blueberries
Johnny's Strawberries

Johnny's Raspberries

Johnny's Rhubarb

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5 Key Benefits of Growing Fruit

For many growers, fruit production represents a new frontier in horticulture because it requires different systems for planting, cultivation, harvesting, and post-harvest handling. While these differences can sometimes perplex a vegetable grower, there are many reasons to take up the challenge of becoming a fruit producer.

  1. Superior Taste. Locovores everywhere love the superior flavor of fruit that has skipped the long truck ride and reaches the table at optimal ripeness. Farmers' market customers flock to vendors with locally grown fruit for sale. CSA members develop stronger ties to farms that can supply a wider range of fresh produce. Chefs can highlight the farm-to-table link by listing the provenance of fruit on their dessert menus. And at home, even the most finicky eaters will happily snack on naturally sweet fresh berries.

  2. Health Benefits. Fruit consumption is on the rise, thanks to recent discoveries about its considerable health rewards. The phytochemicals that lend berries their rich, deep pigmentation are also phytonutrients that support the immune system, counteract free radicals, support strong bones, and aid in the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-associated cognitive decline. People feel good about eating fruit!

  3. Easy to Cultivate. From the farmer's and gardener's perspective, berries and other fruits are easier to grow than ever before. New varieties, production practices, tools and supplies are increasing options for growers in every region. With proper site selection and preparation, many fruits (especially brambles, blueberries, and rhubarb) will require minimal maintenance throughout the growing season. Plastic and paper mulches reduce the need for year-round weeding of these perennial plants. Berries in particular are popular crops for the hoophouse, because protection from the elements produces extraordinary yields of high-quality fruits. (Read more in our article on Growing Fruit under Cover.)

  4. Johnny's Fruit Selection Fills All Your Harvest Niches. Although many berry plants need 1 to 3 years after planting to reach full fruitbearing productivity, the wait is worthwhile. What's more, there are some newer fruit varieties that bear earlier to fill in the gaps. Johnny's fruit varieties are selected to provide for the widest possible harvest window — refer to our Season-long Fruit Harvest Charts, below, for the details. And because we offer plants in small quantities, growers can trial a range of commercial varieties without making a big upfront expenditure.

  5. bottom-Line Benefits. Home gardeners save money by growing their own fruit. Commercial growers can charge a premium for fresh, ripe fruit, which not only adds visual attraction to farmstand offerings but provides the key ingredient for value-added products (such as blueberry jam) that can be sold or consumed at any time of year. Strawberry plants from seed can be grown for pack or sales. Seascape strawberry plants are great for hanging baskets and container sales. Our organic strawberry plugs save the grower time, maximize efficiency of space, and jumpstart the greenhouse season.

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Season Extension for Fruit | Harvest Comparison Charts

Johnny's line of fruit plants, plugs, and seeds has been researched and selected expressly to provide for ease of cultivation and optimal season-long harvesting, whether you are growing fruit for your home or market garden, U-pick operation, or nursery sales.


Strawberry Harvest Chart


Summer-bearing Raspberry Harvest Chart
Fall- & Everbearing Raspberry Harvest Chart


Blueberry Collection Harvest Chart

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