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I have no idea if mine are wild or domestic as they came in with the city's free "organic" mulch. There are too many canes, but I managed to weave/wrap them all around and up a large tomato cage and to keep them green, but no fruit. I heard they can be awful in a garden. Should I cut them out of the garden before next Spring? I don't have a lot of room for them and yet, they seem to stay alive on the cage. They have terrible thorns and no berries.
I don't want them too much. ;< ( yet I hate to kill a fruit bearing plant. This was the year from Hell, remember, yet I watered regularly, but did not know about fertilizing with compost, so I didn't.
I've said that my passion is propagation. It is. A close runner up would be experimentation. My latest experiment is standardizing blackberries.
This is just a warning to those of you who are interested in planting blackberries. Choose your site carefully. They are terrible to get rid of if you don't want them in a particular place in your yard or garden. Once they establish themselves, they pop up everywhere.
By Patricia from Lexington, NC
Oh Patricia, you are so very right! I planted one small plant 12 yrs ago and I'm still mowing down all the little sprouts that keep showing up! My suggestion is that if you want to plant blackberries (or raspberries or any other such berry) plant them in a container. That way they can't spread.
One year I even took a small plastic kiddie pool (about 6 feet in diameter) and planted one blackberry and one raspberry vine in the middle of it. Worked out great! I went to a yard sale and picked up a wooden ladder for next to nothing and trained the vines to grow up that. Wish I had thought to take a picture of it.
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How do I get slips from thornless blackberries?
By Donnie from Boaz, KY
In the spring when the blackberry leaves come out, draw the tip of the cane onto the ground and secure it with a chunk of wire that you have cut to resemble a large hairpin. A piece 7 or eight inches long that has been bent double will do quite nicely. Do this for as many slips as you want in the fall. In the fall cut the new canes free of the old ones and dig them up and replant.be sure to cover with mulch if it gets really cold where you are.
Can anyone tell me the best way to grow blackberries and raspberries in containers? I have wild blackberries all around my back yard, but the wildlife beats me to them!
My zone is 7b.
By Cricket from NC
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Photo Description 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. Yes!
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.
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.
This is a blackberry bloom. Taking these pictures are therapy for me.
The artist behind this photo probably has a heart as beautiful as the picture itself. Great job.