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Steps to Success: Blackberries

Follow our Steps to Success for great results!

Most of our blackberries are summer bearing, which carry one crop of berries on the over-wintering canes during the summer months. Plants begin fruiting in mid summer, and the season lasts approximately 3 - 4 weeks. The berries will have best flavor by allowing them to fully ripen.

Great for jams and desserts!

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Maintain your Blackberry Plants

IRRIGATION

  • 1" – 2" rainfall or equivalent per week throughout the growing season.

FERTILIZATION

  • At least 2 weeks prior to planting, incorporate ½–¾ lb of 10–10–10 per 100 sq ft of row.
  • Commercial growers should use 500 lbs per acre.
  • An additional 1–lb of 10–10–10 per 100 sq ft can be applied in July or August and in early Spring in following years.
  • Regularly check and maintain the soil pH. The optimum pH range is 6.0–6.5.

WEED CONTROL

  • Regular cultivation is necessary during growing the season.
  • Roots are shallow–don’t cultivate more than an inch deep.
  • Contact your local extension for chemical recommendations.
  • We do not recommend mulching your bramble plants after the establishment year.

TRELLIS

  • We strongly recommend keeping plants supported by a trellis.

PRUNING

  • Tip first–year canes when they reach 5 ft in the Summer. Laterals on the first–year canes should be cut to approximately 12" in late Autumn.
  • After harvest, cut canes that fruited at the base of the plant.
  • Cut any weak, damaged or diseased canes at the base.
  • Cut more canes if needed so only 6–8 canes stand per running yard of row.

Growing BlackberriesClick to print PDF of the Blackberry Steps to Success