Free Tips from a Licensed Tree Contractor on Planting, Pruning, and Harvesting Tips for Your Blackberry Garden – Part 1

October 17, 2014

Besides taking care of trees, we are a tree contractor that provides hedge planting and maintenance service. To prove that we are good at this as well, our specialists have decided to share with you some tips on planting and taking care of blackberries in your domestic garden.

All blackberries are considered native to the US, and they are relatively easy to grow at home. They grow as a small shrub or trailing vine, and its juicy fruit can be used to prepare syrups, jelly, and jam. The perennial shrub which blackberries grow onto is called ‘Arapaho’. The lifecycle of its canes is usually 2 years. They normally sprout and grow to their full height during the 1tst year and leaf, flower, and fruit during the 2nd. The second-year canes need to be removed after they produce the fruit because they die.

Here is what blueberries need in order to grow healthy:

  • Light and exposure to sun.
  • Acidic organic soil which is well drained. They do not like wet and alkaline soil. Otherwise, they are adaptable to pretty much any type of soil. Keep in mind that you may need to use straw or leaf litter, as well as well-aged sawdust to amend clay soil.
  • No pollination assistance is necessary as they are self pollinating.
  • They need space for their roots, so do not plant them near old trees with well established root systems, as they will need more space. Also make sure to leave extra room for mowing around the beds.
  • They need to be planted away from raspberries (at least 300 feet) or away from established garden areas where you have planted other fruit or vegetables a few years ago.

Read our post next week, as we will continue with some blackberry bush maintenance tips!

Updated: June 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm