How do you grow Blackberries and hybrid berries?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 04 December 2014 02:18 pm

Blackberries grow best in a well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny or partial shaded position. They can be planted against a north facing wall or fence but will then fruit a little later. The normal cropping period is early August to late September.
Loganberries and Tayberries berries need a well-drained, fertile soil and of good depth and though they can be planted in partial shade they prefer full sun.
On receipt remove the packaging and protective material from around the roots and soak them in room temperature water for a few hours. Plant in a hole large enough for the root system to fit without squashing and deep enough for the soil to cover the bottom 5cm (2") of the stem.
Immediately after planting prune the canes to a bud about 23cm (9") from the ground. Water well and continue to water regularly whilst the plants establish. When new shoots growing from the base are 5-7.5cm (2-3") long, cut the old canes down to ground level. Should new shoots not appear in the first season then retain the old ones but remove any flower buds.
The new canes should be tied to the support and will fruit the following year. The canes can be trained in several ways, the easiest being to arrange them so that they fan out on both sides of the plant.
Once harvesting is complete cut the old fruiting canes down to ground level. Then tie in the new canes, spacing them fanwise. The more compact varieties can be grown in large containers. Some support such as a wigwam of canes will be needed

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