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Blackberry Plants

Blackberry plants are perennial, which is a plant that lives for more than two years. Blackberry plants tolerate poor soils and grow readily in ditches and vacant lots. First and second year blackberry shoots usually have many sharp prickles. Newer blackberry plants are being developed without any thorns or prickles.

Grow Blackberry

Blackberries grow in full sun and require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Blackberry grows well on a trellis 5 ft high to make it easier to harvest the berries. Blackberry may grow better when fertilized, but fertilize them in either the late winter or early spring while the blackberry plant is dormant. After harvesting it is a good idea to cut the plants down to the ground to keep away diseases and pests. In some places blackberry plants are considered invasive weeds.

Blackberry Uses

Blackberry leaves are food for certain caterpillars. Deer are also very fond of blackberry leaves. Common blackberry uses include desserts, jams, jelly, and pies. Blackberries are also used to make wine.

Blackberry Facts

Blackberry is one of several species in the genus Rubus, including Rubus argutus, or Sawtooth Blackberry, Rubus fruticosus, or Common Blackberry, Rubus ulmifolius, or Thornless Blackberry, and Rubus ursinus, or Trailing Blackberry. There are many varieties and cultivars of Blackberry. Rubus ursinus 'Aughinbaugh' was a parent of the Loganberry. Rubus ursinus is also an ancestor of Boysenberry, and Marionberry. In some parts of the United States, wild blackberries are sometimes called Black Caps, a name usually associated with Black Raspberries.

Blackberry Farms

It may be possible to find any blackberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Blackberry Stories

Use local berries for blackberry sorbet treat
A few days shy of my birthday in early June I opened a large Amazon box and yipped with glee. I was now the proud owner of an ice cream maker! Leave it to my sister to pick out just the right gift. She later confessed that the gift was given with ... HeraldNet (blog) [ story ]

Sutherlin Blackberry Festival cooks vary the berries
These Blackberry Princess Cupcakes by 12-year-old Fletcher Case earned the Joseph Lane Middle School student a second-place ribbon in the Aug. 17 Sutherlin Blackberry Festival blackberry cooking contest. Expand Photo Longtime Sutherlin Blackberry ... [ story ]

Report highlights export potential for Chilean strawberries, blackberries
Chile has positioned itself as the world's leading blueberry exporter, while it ranks second in frozen raspberry shipments, but a recent report has identified the great quality and export potential of the country's strawberries. assorted ... Fresh Fruit Portal [ story ]

Photo - GreenGrowers Nursery - Buchanan, Tennessee

Selected Species

Common Blackberry
Sawtooth Blackberry
Thornless Blackberry
Trailing Blackberry

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