By Cindy King, CPH, The Mill
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-
Early and Late indicate fruiting times
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.
According to the drought report published in June 2021 by NOAA, many areas of the Mid-Atlantic are having above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall. The soil across the region is becoming very dry after a wet winter and spring.
If you want to maintain the health of your plants you should consider watering prior to stressing the plant by allowing it to wilt and throw leaves.