Ordered Ponca, Caddo, and Ouachita plants a year ago. All plants produced an abundant crop this year. The Caddo and Ponca canes were both better than the Ouachita. It was a strong last place in the bunch. The Ponca fruited the earliest and Ouachita the latest. I think the unseasonably hot weather in May and June hurt the later crop. Many of the berries were undeveloped or burned by the sun. I don't dislike the variety. It was the first year. Maybe next year will nail it. However, the strong superhero performance of the other two varieties made the Ouachita look bad.Daniel B.
I moved this past fall and had to re-establish all new garden beds. A soil test was sent to a state university in early February. Lime, muriate of potash, sphagnum peat moss and fertilizer were added accordingly after the results came back. All the berry plants, including the Ouachita blackberry plants, were received & planted on May 3 and a soaker hose was installed immediately. A moisture meter is used several times a week at every other plant, which makes watering correctly a very simple and easy task. Weeding is done every 2 weeks using a stirrup hoe and by hand. The plants were re-fertilized at the end of June. They are growing well, are very healthy and are even starting to produce a couple of berries as of July 21. They will need to be trellised soon. I wish I had ordered them shipped a couple of weeks earlier, but by next year, it won't matter at all. So far, everything is going great! This review will be updated next year.Paul B
We received our blackberry plants in May this year. They had the biggest root mass I have ever seen on purchased plants. I was so impressed. Then right after they were planted we got rain, and more rain, and more rain The plants were soaked, but even though we have had a tremendously wet summer and they have been "swimming" from time to time, the plants look GREAT!!. We even had berries on a few of them. I would not hesitate to order from Nourse Farms again in the future.Tina H