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How to grow Blackberries

How to grow Blackberries

Blackberries are very easy to grow (and super tasty!!). Recent breeding in the berry family has seen the development of a large number of new thorn less blackberries.

Blackberries are perennial plants which typically bear biennial stems from the perennial root system. In its first year, a new stem, the primocane, grows vigorously to its full length of 3-6 m (in some cases, up to 9 m), arching or trailing along the ground and bearing large palmately compound leaves with five or seven leaflets; it does not produce any flowers.

Blackberry Varieties:

  • Black satin Blackberry: An early-ripening thorn less variety with large, luscious blackberries and a unique tart/sweet flavour. Deciduous and erect, with non suckering canes. Tolerates heat. Grows rapidly to about 1.5–1.8 metres tall.
  • Navaho Blackberry: An erect, thornless plant with superior fruit quality. Fruit small–medium in size. Yields a bumper crop late in the season. tolerates both hot and cold temperatures
  • Thornless Blackberry: A hybrid and heavy fruiting blackberry, large tasty fruit. Ripens summer time

Blackberries tollerate the cold well, and grow well in most areas.  Plant in full sun for best results although some say they tolerate partial shade, the limited sunshine hours will have an impact on the sweetness of the fruit. 

Blackberry plants are generally planted out in winter and spring as this is when plants are widely available from garden centres. Blackberries are happiest in free draining soil, sheltered from strong winds or salty areas. A decent cold period through the winter is required to set the fruiting nodes for the up coming season, in warmer areas fruit initiation may be limited if it doesn’t get cold enough.

Blackberry Harvest:

Pick once the blackberry fruit turns black, they will not ripen if picked too early. Store in the fridge for a few days, and bring back to room temperature prior to eating.

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