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Out of Season Loch Ness Thornless Blackberry

Loch Ness Thornless Blackberry

Big on Size and Flavor!

Glossy black berries are big on size and big on flavor! The 4-6 ft. semi-erect canes bear large yields of delicious berries in mid to late June. The berries have a rich, sweet-tart flavor, resemble a wild blackberry and are ideal for fresh eating, preserves and juices. Thornless canes are easy to manage and resistant to blackberry rosette disease (double blossom), that can be a problem in the South. For best results, plant in full sun to partial shade in well-drained, rich, sandy loam soil. No. 1, 2-yr. plant. Zones 5-9.



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  • Botanical Name: Rubus spp. 'Loch Ness'
  • Height: Varies
  • Spacing: 4 feet, rows 1 foot apart.
  • Depth: Same depth as they were in the nursery. Plant so the roots are below soil level.
  • Spread: 3-5 feet.
  • Light Required: Full Sun to partial sun.
  • Yield: Large yields.
  • Color: White
  • Foliage: Dark green foliage.
  • Blooms: Early Summer
  • Fruit: Black, glossy, resembling wild blackberry. Rich, sweet-tart flavor.
  • Zone: 5 - 9 (-10° F.)
  • Form: Habit: Semi-erect, genetically thornless.
  • Flower Form: Small flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, rich, sandy loam 5.5- 6.8 pH.
  • Growth Rate: Vigorous once established; canes arching, to 3 m length.
  • Pruning: Plants flower on one-year-old wood, so the new canes need to be separated from fruiting ones. After cropping, cut the fruiting canes down to the ground and tie in the new ones that have grown that year.
  • Comments: Loch Ness is a high yielding, thornless bush that produces large, firm blackberries from mid August until the first frosts. Grow near a sunny patio, or train it against a sunny wall or fence.

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