It tastes like Spring: Bababerries and Low Chill Cherries

It tastes like Spring: Bababerries and Low Chill Cherries

George, the dog, did a lot of damage to the Baba patch back in January and for a long time the patch looked like it would have a hard time recovering. When the warm weather returned in late February and early March, the roots started to send up lots of new canes, even where George did some of the worst digging. Fortunately, there were enough 1 year old canes remaining that we are getting some Spring fruit already, not just flowers.

The bowl of Baba Raspberries we picked this afternoon

We are actually enjoying the first of our spring Baba Berries today. The first berries of the year always seem the sweetest. B and I picked a small bowl full today and we will have them for dessert tonight. We did have to sample some as we picked, so not everything made it in the bowl for the rest of the family. Oops. A bunch more look like they will be ready in the next week or so. The berries we picked today are from the lower part of last Spring’s canes. I cut off the top portion of the canes during winter where they produced fruit last summer and fall.

Recently, I have been trying my hand at root division propagation of the Baba Berries and many of the little 2 inch sections are showing signs of life in the cell packs. They won’t be ready for awhile. I do have about 8 more 4″ plants that are just regular plant divisions and are ready to sell. If you would like to buy a Baba plant, send me an email.  I really prefer local pick up.

4″ Baba Berry Plants ready for sale

In other Hanbury House gardening news, my neighbor across the street, K, has a huge crop this year on her Minnie Royal and Royal Lee low chill cherry trees. K was generous with her bounty and brought over some for me to enjoy today. They are delicious. And the birds don’t know that cherries can grow in Southern California, so she hasn’t lost any to them yet. She picks fruit each year, but this is the first year it has been this much before. All the extra winter chill we had probably didn’t hurt. I included some pictures of her trees today.

Low Chill Cherry Trees with lots of fruit. Cherry trees can grow well in Southern California as long as you make sure to plant one of Zaiger Genetics
These cherries need just a couple more days. Sorry I don’t have photos of the darker ones. I ate those before realizing I should have photographed them.

10 thoughts on “It tastes like Spring: Bababerries and Low Chill Cherries

  1. Do you still sell Bababerries? I clicked the link above for the wait list but it didn’t work.

    1. Sorry, but I am not taking any more names on my wait list for Babberry plants. My patch just doesn’t produce enough suckers to keep up with requests. I disabled the link to sign up until I have sufficient divisions again. If you are in SoCal, I did notice a nursery in Temecula with them listed in their craigslist ad. The phone number listed in the ad was 951 – 5 three ate – 2731. If you are in NorCal, Annie’s Annuals was sellling them in back in February, but only for in store transactions, not on their website.

      1. Okay, thanx for letting me know. Unfortunately, I’m not in SoCal so I’ll be on the lookout on the web.

  2. Hi Leanne,
    II realy want to obtain bababerry plants for myself and my son. Many years ago we had bababerry plants in Escondido, CA and they were the very best! Please email as soon as possible. I live in Redlands and can drive to the LA area if necessary or by mail is fine too. I have searched the internet lists of resources and have not had success with my search. Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. Hi Mary,

      I only have a small patch of my own bababerries, and my wait list right now for baba berries plants has about 20 gardeners already on it. If you would like to be added to the wait list, the form for it can be found at this link to my bababerry for sale page. Thanks.

  3. If you still have baba raspberry plants you’re willing to sell, I would to buy some. It seems like no online/mail order nuseries carry them now. Let me know. Thanks.

  4. Those Bababerries look very good. How many plants do you have? I have two right now, but I doubt that they would supply my family of four with enough berries. I am debating putting in a raised bed for a small patch. Maybe a 4 x 4 foot wide planter box. The cherries are a surprise. i would have never thought that Cherries could be grown in Southern California. Keep up the good work. I like the new website. 🙂

    1. Okay, I will give shipping a try since you ARE in SoCal. I will need to send it priority so it has the best chance of survival. Please send me a zip code so I can tell you how much it will cost to ship it priority with a tracking number. Either post it here or email it to me at ivy562 at


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