@gardengirlla thanks! Before all this rain the past week they were not ripe. I hadn't been checking the garden bc I didn't need to water it and it seems like they ripened up over the last few days. Weird how the biggest ones ripened first! I also just found some leaf footed bug nymphs on one of the berries D: IT'S BEGUN. I had a hard time with them last year.
And if you are looking to buy another one, try propagating by stem cuttings from existing ones. You can immerse in a coco peat mixture or put the cutting with leaves directly in Pot full of water(replace water every 3 days). That way you will have new plants without need of buying
@gauravsh6 I am planning to propagate them. I didn't know how to so thank you! The ones I had shipped had aphids on them. I recently have been going out and spraying them with soapy water and they are looking better already. I went and got a PH meter today, and even though I tried to mix the soil to be more acidic, turns out it wasn't acidic enough. The peat moss I have tested pretty alkaline, so I mixed in a really acidic manure/compost to the top layer and watered really well. Weird, because
You can also Try mulching with Wood Bark Chips and Straw as that will give organic nutrients when the plants needs it slowly. For aphids, soap water can be a temporary solution however it has potential to harm the plant. Hence try putting Orange Peels at base of stems on top of mulch. It will also trigger new growth in the plant in sometime. For improving acidity of soil, you can mix cow dung manure if it is available in your area and see what is alkanity of the water that you are giving
At times alkanity of the soil is increased by water itself even of you put coco peat. If water is hard then it can deposit salts at the side of plant near to roots. By Mulching & adding cow dung manure should improve the acidity of the soil. By the way, you seems to be quiet enthusiastic which is really good 😊