Boysenberry (Mapua )Plants

Boysenberry (Mapua )Plants


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Boysenberry Mapua is known for its delicious, large berries (which ripen in December and January) and lack of thorns. This is a scrambling variety, so it is best suited to a larger garden or lifestyle block. 

Urban Bounty Mapua Boysenberry plants come in a 2.5 litre pot. 

About Boysenberry Plants 

Boysenberries are a cross between a Blackberry, Raspberry and Loganberry.  They were originally bred by Rudolf Boysen in 1920s America. 

The Mapua is a bramble that likes to spread out.  It grows to about 1.5m high and 3 metres wide, but has few thorns.  We recommend that you train this plant up a trellis for support.  This variety is almost thornless and is self-fertile, so you will only need one plant to bear fruit.  (You may need more plants if you are planning to feed a family though!)

Culinary Uses for Mapua Boysenberry

Boysenberries have a delicious tart flavour of a Raspberry, mixed with the sweetness of a Blackberry. Enjoy them raw (straight from the bush is best!), sprinkled over salads or mixed into a berry smoothie. They are also lovely additions to salads, and sauces to accompany wild game.

Growing Conditions - Mapua Boysenberry 


Boysenberry plants thrive in a sunny, sheltered spot that has some afternoon shade.  They like soil that is rich but slightly acidic and well draining.  They are vigorous plants in the right conditions, so plant them in a spot where they can't spread too far.  Marigolds and Blueberries are good companion planting choices.

During the fruiting season, water your Boysenberry plant regularly at the base - enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy.  

Boysenberries need regular feeding, but take care not to overdo the nitrogen, as this will encourage lots of foliage growth, but not much fruit.  When planting, we add a handful of Morganics fertiliser, which encourages a healthy root system.

Boysenberries only produce fruit on the canes from the previous year (called 'Floricanes').  Once fruiting has finished, prune out the dead, woody Floricanes which bore fruit over summer. 

The next step is to thin the younger, thin green canes and shoots ( called 'Primocanes').  While you need to prune some of the leggy Primocanes to keep your berry bush in shape, you should leave about seven main Primocanes, as these are needed to bear fruit next year.  If you ever see diseased, damaged or broken canes, you should trim them out, notwithstanding the time of the year.  

 What Type of Climate Do Boysenberry Plants Prefer?

Boysenberries are cold-hardy, but are better suited to areas that don't suffer harsh frosts in spring.  (These can damage early fruit.)  Boysenberries are best planted in late autumn or winter, when dormant, but can also be planted in spring.


We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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