Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Blackberries
Checking on my blackberries that are about three years old, I found more than a few canes have tipped over and grown into the ground. Should I cut the end off and remove it from the ground or leave it? Last year as not a good year for our berries and this year the long stems seem bare of leaves on the middle of the stem but leafy on the ends and at the ground. Any Information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
We have thorn less blackberries and while some turn black a lot have red on them and never turn ripe. This has been going on for years, new canes come up every year and I wonder if the type I have just need to be replaced.
When we've harvested our thornless blackberries, the "plug" or end-stem remains in the berry. Does that mean it's not quite ripe yet, too hot, not enough water? When I cook those berries, the white "plug" gets hard and they need to be fished out of the cooked berries.
No, that is simply a quirk of blackberries! Blackberries retain the core when they come off the stem, whereas raspberries do not. This is one easy way to tell the berries apart at a glance!
We have a blackberry patch behind our house. The neighborhood deer herd seems to love them and have decided they wanted a front yard patch. The deer manage the backyard patch and now I know how to better manage the front. The birds have also contributed to the front yard patch by dropping seeds in my yew trees. Our four legged and winged farmhands also manage our strawberry patches.
The irony, my husband and I don't like blackberries. We do like strawberries.
Blackberries will certainly grow from seeds dropped by birds. The plants send out new suckers from their roots that can pop up anywhere. Some people may like this if they have a homestead; for others, they won’t want the blackberries to spread everywhere and they will need to prune and pull those suckers to keep the blackberries in control (and direct the energy to bigger fruit).
How do I determine if my blackberry plant is trailing or erect? Primocane-fruiting or semi-erect? I got it as a gift last year. It is doing well with berries and has a really tall cane.
For those who are trying to identify their blackberry type:
- Most nurseries are selling the “erect” type. It has short sturdy canes that support themselves. The erect type is thornier and you can’t grab the stem. The stem is angular, not round. They are fairly winter-hearty with bigger fruit.
- There is also a trailing type which has slender stems and prickles; you could still grab the branch. The stem is also round. Each leaf grows on alternate sides of the stem, and is made up of 3 leaflets (i.e. 3 smaller leaves). The leaves are roughly triangular shaped, are dark green on the top and bottom, and fall off during fall and winter. The trailing type isn’t very dense and will spread out over other plants; it’s best grown with a trellis.
Note: There are also thornless varieties!
i have several wild bushes in a flower bed. does any one know if these can sucessfully be dug up and potted foir resale? I would like to share these delish berries with fewer being seen.
Yes you can. My neighbor had a bunch come up in her flowerbed 2 years ago. I dug them up & transplanted along my fence in the backyard & am enjoying fresh blackberries everyday. I did cut them back when I transplanted though. Hope this helps.