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Growing Your Blackberry Cane In

Growing Your Blackberry Cane In

Blackberry Canes
The easiest of the berry fruits to grow in cool and temperate areas.



Latin Name
Rubus fruticosus

Hardy perennial cane

Site and Soil
Very tolerant, but full sun and medium well-drained soil best.

Plant to Harvest Time
Two years

How Many?
3kg (7lbs) per plant

Blackberries are extremely tolerant of site and soil conditions. They are especially unusual in that they will produce a reasonable crop of berries even when grown in deep shade. Delicious both cooked or eaten fresh, they are bursting with flavour and excellent for your health.

Blackberry canes are not widely grown, because previously they were readily available growing wild amongst hedgerows. But these hedgerows are disappearing fast and it now makes sense to grow them in your garden or allotment. 

Where To Grow a Blackberry
Blackberries will grow reasonably well in almost all soils and even in deep shade. Remember though, that blackberry plants may well last for 15 years or so, so do try and start them off in the best possible conditions available.

Picture of blackberry bush Loch Ness
Loch Ness - click to enlarge) As far as soil is concerned, they will produce of their absolute best on a medium, well-drained soil which contains plenty of organic matter. They like the soil to hold a good supply of water, especially when the fruits are developing in summer. The worst soil for a blackberry is light chalky soil - lots of well rotted compost will help to improve these conditions. 

Thorny varieties of blackberry are the strongest growing, so choose these if the soil conditions are not ideal - 'Himalaya Giant' is the best variety to grow where the site or soil conditions are not ideal. Good fruits will still be produced and the poor conditions will reduce the excessive vigour of this variety.

Positioning of blackberry canes is a personal matter dependant on your garden. The best berries will be produced when they are in full sun. However, where space is at a premium, a blackberry cane will produce good crops even when grown in deep shade - none of the other common fruits will survive in these conditions. 

Blackberries produce their flowers very late in the season so frost will never be a problem. Low lying land or frost pockets are quite suitable for blackberries. 



Name: lucy tucker
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Date posted: October 01, 2011 - 08:41 am
Message: information on blackberry please it for my school project

Name: Allan
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Date posted: September 22, 2011 - 07:39 pm
Message: Just starting out growing blackberries. can you explain to me how to tell the primocanes on the plant when there are no berries. I just planted blackberries this year and have nice healthy looking plants but no berries. Am not sure how to protect them in winter. Have both the thorns and thornless plants.

Name: adamson
Date posted: August 28, 2011 - 05:49 pm
Message: I have a big problem with space , I do not have much space and I wonder if it is possible to plant blackberries in pots

Name: angel
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Date posted: August 25, 2011 - 03:08 am
Message: Hi, I wonder if u can tell me what pests and dangers are blackberries exposed to and what solutions you recommend? thanks

Name: cathy
Date posted: August 07, 2011 - 08:35 pm
Message: we have one year old canes not sure how to cut where and to allow what to grow where to produce the best fruit.

Name: Anita Reoh
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Date posted: July 22, 2011 - 09:08 pm
Message: I live in Denton, Texas, 76208, and as you may know, it has been extremely hot here. I have been forced to water every day but still having problems. Thought of shading the plants during hotest hours but worry about 6-8 hours of sun needed.

Name: paris
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Date posted: June 10, 2011 - 12:38 am
Message: Hi all,
I was wondering of you could tell me where black berry's grow and where they are originaly from.

Name: Faisal
Date posted: June 07, 2011 - 08:31 am
Message: Do you know how to grow blueberries?

Name: doug keehner
Date posted: May 24, 2011 - 08:54 pm
Message: looks like i'm going to have a ton of blackberries. i planted my raspberries next to them, and i think by next year i'll have hybrids that will knock my socks off!! very easy to grow, but pruning won't be fun, i can tell already.

Name: Dr. huseyin Gundogdu
Date posted: November 16, 2010 - 02:54 pm
Message: Dear Sir/Ma'am
we are planning to establish a blackberry plantation in a big size area in Turkey. could you give advice on how to design garden by drawings about row space, depth, and etc

Name: charlie
Date posted: September 20, 2010 - 08:14 pm
Message: Hi plants are 2 years no berries . What one do I cut back?