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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'm doing my best to get fellow members to look into growing berries and dwarf fruit trees in small, sunny spaces about their homes. Eating fruits and berries you have grown has very satisfying rewards. The Europeans are, and have been, way ahead of us in utilizing any free space about the home to grow fruits and vegetables.
Let's talk blackberries. I bought four $10.00 plants that were marked down to $3.00 each. There are several different types of blackberries. I won't go into the differences, here. I will say that the type I bought bears fruit on the second year's growth.
If you buy such a plant with all new growth, you will not get any berries the first year. This new growth will stay on the plant til next year. Then it will bear berries. While this, now, second year's growth is bearing berries, new growth will arise from the base of the plant. After the berry bearing canes stop producing, they begin to die down and eventually die all together. The new growth will survive the winter and become next year's canes to bear berries.
What should one do with the bearing canes when they begin to die back? You can cut them back to the ground and discard them. But don't be so hasty to do that. Cuttings can be taken from these canes as soon as the berries are harvested. They are easily rooted. You could easily get 10 new plants from these 'dying' canes. (You also can easily root tender new growth, but that's another post).
After your initial purchase, all your plants can be free. A little fertilizer and bird netting will be about your only expenses. Water? Yes. Count that as an expense if you like. Blackberries like lots of water.
With the two varieties I bought being 'erect' rather than 'spreading', the full grown berry bearing plants have a diameter that hardly exceeds that of the 5 gallon buckets they are planted in. These winter hardy plants stay outside over winter and need no protection.
Decision making? Well, in this case, do I make wine with these big bad boys, or do I make a cobbler? Actually, I won't do either. Next year, my plants will be larger, more established and will bear more fruit. For now, I will periodically traipse to the back yard, pick a handful of berries and simply indulge.
I do plan to puree a few and have them over vanilla ice cream. Yes!
Are you convinced, yet?
I did a bit of research concerning water requirements for blackberries. Here are excerpts from an article published by the NCSU.
1. In general, their root systems do not tolerate wet soils. (My note: This is not to indicate the plants don't need adequate water, rather that the soil should be a well drained type).
2. Lack of water before or during harvest can seriously reduce productivity. Water is the most critical factor for optimal fruit growth and primocane development. A shortage of water at this time will limit fruit size and also the number and diameter of primocanes. This limitation will negatively impact both the current seasons and the following years crops. Nearly all of the moisture used by blackberries comes from the top 6 inches of the soil, which is the primary rooting zone. Blackberry plants generally need at least 1 inch of water during each 7- to 10-day interval of the growing season.
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.
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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.
They're coming along rather nicely!
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.