Blackberry – Chester

$20.00

Good mid-season production. Developed in Montréal, these very large, slightly sweet, black fruit are delicious when ripe. Vigorous plant that produces long, climbing stems without thorns. An excellent choice to decorate a wall or a pergola. Hardy to Zone 3. Grows to 1.5 m (5′) by 1.5 m.

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Description

Botanical name
Rubus fructicosis

Family
Rosaceae

Spacing
1 plant per 4 square feet

Depth
Blackberries like to be well rooted, so dig a shallow trench, about 20 cm (8″) to plant them in.

Requirements
Enjoys full sun. pH 6.0-7.0.

Pests
Japanese beetles. Remove by hand and destroy. If birds become problematic, you can cover your canes with netting until berries are harvested.

Timing
Planting may be done in late fall, however, it should be delayed until early spring in very cold areas.

Growing
Add compost before planting. Blackberries will thrive in mulched soil around their base to prevent weeds.

Harvest
August

Season
Perennial