of Blackberries In
three weeks before planting, dig the soil over and incorporate as much
organic matter as possible. The aim is make the soil able to retain the
moisture which will see the blackberries through the summer with little or no
need for watering.
To Plant A Blackberry Cane
month to plant blackberry canes is
the soil is still warmish, but there is also sufficient moisture in the
soil to keep the newly planted canes happy.
If you miss
mid-October , don't
worry, any time up to
mid-March is OK
as long as the soil is not frozen or water-logged.
to Plant A Blackberry Cane
First decide how far apart to plant the canes. This varies considerably
depending on the variety being planted. The strong growers such as
Himalaya Giant and Bedford Giant should be planted about 4m (13ft)
apart. Medium strength growers such as John Innes, Merton Thornless and
Parsley-Leaved need to be planted about 2.5m (8ft) apart. The less
vigorous growers, such as Merton Early need about 1.2m (4ft) between
plants. Ask your garden centre for advice if in doubt.
planting the canes, keep the crown of the roots level with the soil
surface. This normally means digging a broad hole about 12cm (5in) deep.
Spread the roots out into the hole and cover them in crumbly soil,
firming it down with your hand. When planted. water well to provide
moisture in the initial stages of growth. Cut the plants back to a good
bud about 30cm (12in) high.
after planting (before if you want), trim the canes to a length of 25cm
(10in). It's tempting to leave the canes longer, hoping they will
produce fruit next year, but this does not pay off in the long run.
and Pruning Blackberries
Many complicated articles have been written on how to train and support
blackberries. In fact, blackberries have only three main needs that make
support and training important - light, circulating air and removal of
last year's fruiting stems.
far as pruning is concerned, it's simple. As soon as the blackberries
have been picked, cut the stems which have produced berries this year to ground level. Don't
prune any stems which have not produced fruit this year, they will be
the ones which produce blackberries next year. With thorny, strong
growing varieties a good pair of gardening gloves (strong trousers and
shirt as well, if you have them!) are essential. If you have the time,
have a good look at the new stems and cut back maybe 25% of
those which are growing very vigorously.
blackberries is not essential with the stronger growing varieties,
although all blackberries appreciate a modicum of support. The idea
behind supporting them is to permit a free circulation of air within the
plant, thus helping prevent disease in general.
best way to do this is to put wooden posts into the ground every 2m
(6ft) and run wires between them at 70cm (2ft) heights up to 2m (6ft)
high. As the new stems grow, tie some of them into the wires. The result
will be that some stems will be unsupported and form a natural arch over
the ground, whereas others will be tied to the supports and grow
slightly higher. This will result in less congestion at the centre,
promoting greater circulation of air and exposing much of the plant to
the sun. If you have the time to support all the stems, so much the
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Date posted: November 16, 2011 - 05:41 pm
Message: If there are too many, transplant whole plants in autumn or spring and trim back branches.
Date posted: November 16, 2011 - 08:49 am
Message: There are too many blueberry trees in my friends garden... I would like to learn how can I plant one from that trees? Is it possible to plant a branc from it? And which weather I should plant it. Thanks...
Date posted: November 15, 2011 - 05:50 pm
Message: Cut back the canes after fruiting in the autumn. Leave the new growth to flower and fruit next season.
Date posted: November 15, 2011 - 11:39 am
Message: So, cut back right away after planting in the fall? When will the first bloom occur?
Date posted: November 10, 2011 - 02:01 am
Message: Like all fruit, blackberries like a sunny sheltered position.
Date posted: November 09, 2011 - 04:03 pm
Message: It seems like a lot of work w/the tying plus the the thorns are quite intimidating..but I love Blackberries ...so location ??? where do I plant them in sun ,filtered, shade...I live in so.west Fla.?????
Date posted: October 23, 2011 - 04:33 am
Message: Fall is the best time for planting, settle them in before it gets cold. Next year they should get going. Dig the soil deep, add plenty of humus and a bit of general fertiliser, water well.
Date posted: October 22, 2011 - 03:36 pm
Message: I am about to plant 8 bushes. Is it ok to plant them in the fall. And do you have any fall planting tips?? Thanx!!
Name: gillian leakw
Date posted: October 10, 2011 - 06:29 am
Message: started growing black berries for the first time and well pleased with the results.
Name: ron phillips
Date posted: July 05, 2011 - 10:54 pm
Message: the cain on my marion berrys grow and then they die and the next year they start growing again .i train the cain,and ive studyed alot on this.i have done this for two year now and no go.please help.the plants are really nice when they come back.
Name: brendan thomas ryan
Date posted: July 04, 2011 - 01:09 pm
Message: can you grow blackberrys in a pollytunnel
Date posted: June 30, 2011 - 09:35 pm
Message: It is my first time plnating blackberries and I would like to know if I can grow them on a hill. we have a hill beside our house and it is hard to cut and hard to grow any thing there. It is facing south.
Name: Krystal Joslyn
Date posted: June 18, 2011 - 10:17 am
Message: I have blackberry bushes that have produced well for about 5 years. This year many of the new shoots are dropping off and dying so the bushes are very thin. also many of the original plants have are now dead and only new bushes are there and just not as healthy as in the past. I have mulched around the bushes with dead leaves to help retain moisture.
Date posted: May 15, 2011 - 01:34 pm
Message: When purchaseing blackberry and raspberry plants do you need a male and female plant? If so how do you tell the difference
Name: Jerry Nelson
Date posted: November 12, 2010 - 07:28 am
Message: I am growing a few blackberries. I refer to this web site for info. Thanks