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Growing blackberries – growing wild blackberries

A few years ago, my son did some yard work and came flower and fruit gardening guides home with an armful of brambles. That was my introduction into growing wild blackberries. We planted them along a chain link fence and within a year, our side of the fence was completely covered. So was the neighbor's! Fortunately, though, the neighbor enjoyed the sweet, tasty fruit as much as we did and the bramble bush provided both of our households with an abundance of pleasure for many years. .

When it comes to growing blackberries, the wild blackberry has to be one of the easiest plants in the world to grow. More often than not, if you see a construction site invaded by sharp-spined, dense growth, you see a wild blackberry!

Rubus fruticosus is a member of the rose family (Rosaceae) and like the rose, grows on long slender canes. Wild blackberry canes can reach ten feet in length. However, the canes don’t grow erect. Instead, they bend their tender tips back to the earth and take root. This accounts for the bush like look and density of growth of the wild blackberry.

When growing blackberries or raspberries in the flower and fruit gardening guides home garden, the wild blackberry can be a pest in more ways than one. First, as mentioned above, it is very invasive. It can grow in the poorest of soils and the most deplorable conditions. Domestic berries generally don’t like competition for their space and when pitted against the wild blackberry, they will lose. Second, wild blackberries and other wild perennial plants are excellent carriers of the fungal and viral diseases that can destroy a berry patch. Therefore, if you are growing domestic blackberries, it’s best to keep wild blackberries a good distance apart from them.

However, if you can find a spot for them, do grow wild blackberries! You’ll enjoy the sweet, sun-kissed flavor of this delectable little fruit on your table or in your jams, jellies, preserves and even wine! If you plant them along a chain-link fence, your neighbor may enjoy them as well!


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