Think grow prosper pdf the blackberries come on, you know it’s time for summer. Though they grow wild in many areas of the world, the cultivated varieties produce distinctively dark berries that are juicy and sweet, and usually larger than their wild cousins.
You can grow them in most kinds of soil, and in most regions with warm summers and relatively mild winters. You can learn to plant an appropriate variety, train the shoots, and care for your blackberry plants throughout the growing season to give yourself the hardiest crop. See Step 1 for more information. Select a variety appropriate to the climate. The wild Himalayan blackberry is a tenacious invasive species in some parts of the western United States, but cultivated varieties tend to be juicer, larger, and more firm than wild berries. If you’re going to plant some, it makes sense to pick one of these varieties, wherever you live, based on the structure of the cane, its growth pattern, and whether or not the variety has thorns. There are hundreds of strains and varieties to choose from, but knowing the basic categories will help you to make an informed decision.
These stand up to the elements the best and will provide the most solid-possible base for your climate. USDA climate zones 7, 8, and 9 in the United States. Consider the hardiness of trailing or training varieties. Traditional training varieties grow much like the wild blackberry, shooting out suckers and sprawling all over the place, which means they’ll need to be trellised with wires and trained along them to control the growth. Trailing varieties often struggle in regions with especially cold winters, and won’t fruit until their second year of growth. Evergreen, Marion, Obsidian, Chester, Hull, and Black Diamond are all popular varieties of trailing blackberry. Consider the easy planting of upright, erect, or semi-erect varieties.
These varieties of blackberry grow more like hedges, and will need to be supported with a T-trellis or a post of some sort. These varieties are easier to control and contain, but require vigorous pruning, shooting stiff new cane straight from the crown of the plant, rather than trailing along the ground. Many of these varieties will produce fruit in the first year of planting. Thorny erect varieties are the hardiest in cold climates. Illini, Kiowa, Shawnee, Apache, Triple Crown, and Natchez are all popular varieties of erect and semi-erect blackberry. Weigh the benefits of thornless berries.