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Growing up on a small farm, picking wild blackberries was an annual pastime. I look back on this period of my life with nostalgia because berry picking was a family affair perfectly timed with my birthday. Instead of cake, I often requested blackberry cobbler. I still cherish those thorny, chigger-filled days of my youth, but it's hard to be too wistful now that I've tasted the large, sweet and flavorful berries that modern blackberry varieties have to offer.
Blackberries are a very easy berry to grow. Once this native berry is ripe, get ready for an abundant harvest, picking every couple of days!
Blackberry plants for sale—how do I know what to buy?
There are many questions to consider when buying blackberries.
Should I grow primocanes or floricanes?
Floricanes bloom in early spring, yielding one crop of berries each year.
Primocanes yield two crops each year! The floricanes ripen first, then later the primocanes ripen.
Are thornless blackberries just as good as thorny varieties?
Thorny blackberries taste as good as thornless, and many ripen before thornless varieties.
Do you want
trailing or erect blackberries?
- Trailing Blackberries
- These can be left to grow on the ground. If desired, tie to a trellis the second year.
- Erect Blackberries
- These do not require support, but it's helpful when fully loaded with berries.
Are blackberries even hardy in my area?
Cultivated berries are sweeter and larger than wild varieties—and usually grow in zones 5-9.
How difficult are blackberries to grow?
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Blackberry Growth Habits
Trailing, semi-erect and erect blackberries—which is the best to grow?
Various blackberry varieties have different types of growth habit. Trailing blackberries like Gurney's Thornless Boysenberry can be left to grow on the ground. In year two, these same canes can be tied upon a trellis. Semi-erect blackberries are large, sprawling canes that need to be trained on a trellis during the first growing season. Erect blackberries technically do not require support, but it's helpful, especially when the fruiting canes are fully loaded with berries.
What should I look for when buying blackberry plants?
If you're buying at a garden center, you'll find that plants are usually potted and actively growing. When buying from a mail order catalog like Gurney's, they will either be potted or bareroot. Wherever you buy, make sure it's a reputable source. Avoid generic offerings that sell for a discount. These may be diseased or mislabeled.
Are blackberries easy to grow?
The short answer is yes. Blackberries grow well in hardiness zones 5-9. When provided a few basic elements, they are one of the easiest fruits to grow. Give them full sun and well-drained soil. In poorly drained areas, raised beds are very effective. For more in-depth instructions on growing, pruning and trellising, consult your local extension agency.
Order now for your health and happiness!
Many things health professionals tell us to do to improve our health seem daunting. However, what could be easier than eating blackberries for good health? Blackberries are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and other substances reportedly good for our health.
By reading through this information, you have completed step one. If this all seems too much, don't worry—you can't go wrong with any blackberry Gurney's has to offer. Our modern blackberry plants are easy to grow. You'll soon be enjoying sweet, flavorful berries that make rambles in the chigger-filled bramble patch a thing of the past. Order now for years of pleasure!