Selecting and Caring for Blackberry Plants

Selecting and Caring for Blackberry Plants


By Cindy King, CPH, The Mill

Blackberry Plants are available only at The Mill of Kingstown


Blackberry plants can provide a delicious harvest of fruit for us and wildlife from July through September.


Each plant The Mill carries is labeled with name and we carry many varieties including-

  • Prime Ark 45 - late
  • Prime Ark Freedom – thorn less – early-mid
  • Chester – latest
  • Arapaho – thorn less, early
  • Natchez - early
  • Triple Crown – late

Early and Late indicate fruiting times

  • Early- very late July into August.
  • Late – August into early Sept.

Plant in well-draining soil with lots of organics.  Space 3-4 feet apart and trellis on wire or wood for support.  Keep weeds out of garden as they compete for nutrition.  Water if necessary at ground level. 

Fruit is produced on 2-year canes.  Once planted let canes grow for 2 years.

 In the third early spring cut canes to 3-4 feet and lateral branches to 12 inches leaving 5-6 buds on each one. This is how you would continue to prune your Blackberries. At any time, you can remove damaged canes. 

Fertilize yearly in early spring with a broadcast of 10-10-10 around each plant.

Blackberries can get wilt so never plant them near any plants that have been affected.  If you develop wilt destroy the plant. 


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