Free Tips from a Licensed Tree Care Contractor on Planting, Pruning, and Harvesting Blackberry Bushes – Part 2

November 6, 2014

Last week, we provided you with some tips on how to take care of the blackberry bushes in your yard. As we promised, today, we will provide you with some further tips on planting the bushes.

  • Early spring is the most suitable time for planting blackberry bushes because the weather then is still cool and there is enough moisture for the root system to be established.
  • When the bushes are delivered from the nursery, make sure to plant them immediately. If you have to store them for a few hours, make sure they are kept in a humid and cool place.
  • When you unpack the blueberry shrub, you need to soak it up well in water. 3 to 6 hours before planting is just about the right time.
  • Make sure to cut broken roots if there are any before you plant.
  • The roots need to be covered from direct sunlight while you plant them, otherwise they will quickly die. This is why some gardeners prefer to do this job really early in the morning when there is not too much sunshine.
  • The hole you will have to dig before you start planting should be wide enough to keep a few bushes apart (2′-4′ apart sound like a reasonable distance). What’s more, you need to dig deep enough to allow the root system to spread well.
  • After you shovel the soil back in the hole, make sure to add some amend soil on top.
  • The soil should not be allowed to become dry while the roots are still shallow, so you should water the plant well and keep it well irrigated in the months to come, until it develops.
  • Fertilizing and mulching during the first year is also important but we will discuss it in some of our future tree care posts!
Updated: June 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm