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Learn how to care for blackberry plants along with its history and classification details.

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Hardiness Zone: 4-10
Soil Type: Acidic
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
Type: Fruit vine

History: Blackberries are native to several continents, including Asia, Europe, and North and South America. As colonization continued in North America, native blackberries hybridized and dispersed. Cultivation then followed between the years 1850-1860.

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How to Care for Blackberry Plants

How do I plant blackberries?

For semi-erect cultivars, space plants 5 to 6 feet apart. Space erect cultivars 3 feet apart. Space trailing varieties 5 to 8 feet apart. Space rows about 8 feet apart.
Plant shallowly: about one inch deeper than they were grown in the nursery.

When is the best time to plant?

The best time to plant blackberries is late fall through early spring.

How do I propagate blackberries?

Blackberries can be propagated through leafy stem cuttings as well as root cuttings. If you want to propagate lots of plants, leafy stem cuttings are probably the best way to go. This is usually accomplished while the cane is still firm and succulent. You’ll want to take about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm.).

Can I grow blackberries in a pot?

Yes, you can grow blackberries in a pot, take care, it may outgrow the pot at some point.

How much should I water blackberries?

1 inch of water per square foot per week.

Do I need to fertilize blackberries?

Blackberries should be fertilized infrequently.

When does blackberries bloom?

Blackberries will bloom in the summer.

How do I know when blackberries are ripe?

the ones that are dark black in color and look quite plump. If the berry is a light purple or red or is quite firm, it may need a few more weeks to ripen.

When do I harvest blackberries?

Pick only berries that are fully black. …
Once blackberries start to ripen, they must be picked often—every couple of days.
When picking, keep the central plug within the fruit (unlike raspberries).
Harvest during the cooler parts of the day.

What is the best way to store blackberries?

Store berries in paper towel-lined sealable container, with layers of paper towels between each layer of berries. Keep the lid slightly open to allow excess moisture to escape. Place in the refrigerator to store.

Are blackberries a fruit or a vegetable?

Blackberries are a fruit.

Should I plant any companion plants?

Blackberries grow well with borage, lemon balm, bee balm, mint, thyme, and chives, rose bushes, beans, and peas.

What are the health benefits of the blackberry?

Blackberries can help reduce inflammation and prevent many diseases, including cancer.

How do I winterize blackberries?

Remove the canes from their supports and place the canes on the ground. Cover with a heavy layer of mulch. In the early spring, before new growth emerges, lift the canes and reattach them to the trellis.

Cassis and bay-baked pears with blackberries

Blackberries make a delicious dessert. Check out this recipe that pairs them with pears.

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So it is with blackberries. If you pull too hard, you may get the berry but you will lose the sweetness of it. On the other hand, if you leave it, it may be gone the next time you come by.

~Robert Finch

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