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Rising Blackberries – Rubus – Yard Gardener

Growing blackberries

Blackberries are vigorous and exceptionally spiny, hardy perennial cane fruits belonging to the genus Rubus .The species and hybrids listed beneath are grown for dessert, bottling, tarts, jam and wine.

Blackberries desire deep, moist and wealthy loam however are adaptable to gentle sands and stiff clays, given free drainage and freedom from perennial weeds. Incorporate cumbersome organics similar to farmyard manure, compost, shoddy, and feed with fish- or meat-meal and sulphate of potash. Appropriate iron deficiency on soils containing free lime by dressings of chelated iron.

Planting websites topic to frost are appropriate as flowering is late, in early July. Present shelter from sturdy winds for the brittle laterals and tie them into training-wires.

Cultivation Plant first-year vegetation, shortened to 23cm (9in) within the autumn at as much as 3.6cm (12ft) aside, towards partitions or fences or posts and wires. Prepare the younger alternative shoots of established vegetation to 1 facet of, or above, the fruiting canes to stop contamination with fungus ailments. Reduce out fruited shoots after harvest.

Propagate by tip layering in June or July, by leaf bud cuttings in August, or by rooted suckers within the autumn.

Management greenfly, capsid bug, raspberry beetle and cane spot and destroy vegetation contaminated with crown gall.
Selection                                     Pedigree                             Fruiting season
Ashton Cross                          Hybrid Late                       July-Aug.
Bedford Large                        Hybrid Late                       July-Aug.
Reduce or Parsley-leaved           R. laciniatus                      Aug.-Sept.
Evergreen                               R. ulmifolius
Thornless                                R. inermis                          Aug.-Sept.
Himalaya Large                     R. procerus                        Aug.-Sept.
John lnnes                              Hybrid                                Sept.-Oct.
Merton Early                         R. nifidiodes                       Aug.
Merton Thornless                 Hybrid                                Aug.-Sept.

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