Blackberries, the taste will take you back to your childhood. The blackberry jam on your pancakes on a Sunday morning! Do you find yourself wanting to relive those childhood memories? If so, then you should begin growing blackberries. Blackberries are not difficult to grow; with a little care you will be enjoying those yummy berries very soon!
If you have decided to start growing blackberries either as a commercial endeavor, or just for your own personal use. There are a few things that you should remember. Blackberries do best in the full sun. Plants will still grow in a partially shady area, but they will not produce fruit to their full potential, and they may have a shortened life.
When growing blackberries be sure to plant them in an area that has good drainage. The plants will not do well in a wet area, with soil that does not drain quickly. Blackberries are susceptible to root disease and prefer a loamy, fertile soil.
There are a number of different varieties of blackberry bushes. Before growing blackberries, be sure to pick varieties that will do well in your area. Some types of bushes do better in areas that experience a cold winter season. There are trailing as well as erect blackberries, and all varieties will vary in their appearance and fruit size.
When you plant blackberries, be sure to plant each bush between 6 and 8? apart. This will give the growing blackberries a lot of room to spread as they mature. Blackberry bushes grow quite quickly and can become a huge mass of thorny, vines and branches. For this reason, some people choose to trellis their blackberry plants.
If you decide to trellis your blackberries, begin the process when you first start growing blackberries. The plants can be trained to grow along different types of trellises that make it easier for harvesting.
These tips are just a few things that will help you get started in growing blackberries. These plants are similar to growing raspberries and will produce berries at roughly the same time. If you are also growing strawberries, you will have an amazing berry bounty!