University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's Master Gardeners are selling berry plants that were started in the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station's greenhouses. At least 1,500 plants will be available, including three strawberry varieties, two red raspberry varieties, two blackberry varieties and one black raspberry variety.
"Black raspberries in particular are good plants," said Cooperative Extension Plant Diagnostician Wendy Hanson Mazet. "It's worth it to deal with a few thorns to have something that grows well, is low maintenance and has high antioxidant levels."
Black raspberries, red raspberries and blackberries are $10 each, with some smaller pots being sold as three plants for $25. Strawberries are $5 for a pot with two plants. The sale is online only, ending at 9 a.m., Friday, May 3. Plants can be ordered online at the sale's website. Plants will be available for pickup 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 4 at the Cooperative Extension office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno.
The Master Gardeners will use the proceeds to update equipment used to identify insects and plant problems, as well as equipment for community outreach. Extension's Master Gardener Program trains volunteers interested in horticulture to provide research-based horticulture information and assistance. Master Gardeners must complete 50-80 hours of coursework and hands-on training, and then volunteer at least 50 hours to become certified Master Gardener volunteers.