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Arapaho Blossom

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It's a cherry!
No. It's a peach!
No. It's an apple.

You're all wrong. It's an Arapaho! It's a blackberry!

This blackberry should be in every home garden. If you have space for a 5 gallon bucket, you have room for this berry. It was developed by the University of Arkansas. It is a thornless variety. Pretty high on the brix (sweetness) scale, and a very good bearer.

This is my first year to grow them. They're in 5 gallon buckets along side my Apache blackberries. They're all loaded with blooms.

Come the 4th of July, I may just have enough berries to try my hand at a cobbler. The least I could do is a blackberry topping for vanilla ice cream.

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

This is very interesting as I have blueberries and a couple of raspberries but have only looked at the blackberry bushes. I checked this out on the Internet and found that some say zones 5-8, others say 5-9A (I'm in 9A) and some will not ship to Florida. Sounds like a good type so I might would have to move it indoors come next winter. Description says thornless and small seeds (very important to me) so I might have to look for one or two.

Thanks for all your information.

Betty

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

Why would you need to move the berry plants indoors during winter? I am growing mine in 5 gallon buckets so as to make them easier to cover with netting. If I didn't use netting, I would not get one berry.

Now in mid April, my plants are already higher than my head (and covered with blooms). I hope your sons are the muscular type. You would need them to bring the plants in.

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

I bought my blackberry plants at Lowe's. You said you were in central Florida. Not knowing just where, I checked a store in Orlando. They do have the plants. Maybe a Lowe's near you does, as well. The store I checked had Apache, among other thornless varieties. The Apache is even sweeter than the Arapaho.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the information - I live in Ocala so I am not quite truly "central" but close. My son-in-law is a supervisor at the Lowe's in Daytona Beach and he says they have several varieties and he will bring me several this week-end - Yay for son-in-laws!

i only mentioned bringing them in because I have not grown blackberries before (but love 'em)and I tend to worry when we get a windy cold spell as I have had some roots freeze in 5 gallon buckets (in Jacksonville, FL). But, you are probably right so I will just save my son a back ache and smile as I see a new plant growing.

I called and ask him to get different kinds - might as well go all out!

thanks again - will let you know how they are doing later.

Betty

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

Yes. Do keep us informed. I think you're gonna love the plants. My ag agent says blackberries are tough plants, I've found that to be true. If I can keep them outside here in central NC, where it gets down to 3 degrees, you should have no problems in Ocala.

Blackberry cuttings are extremely easy to root. Inside the red circle is a cutting I rooted last year. It has already bloomed. The blooms have fallen off.

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