Planting Blackberry Bushes

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This poor blackberry bush kind of became a laughing stock at my house. Why? Well… because, here we are in June and I bought it at the end of April. So what? Well… I just planted it yesterday.

I know, I know. It’s been living in the pot that I bought it in. That’s not a good thing really. The root system gets used to that size and then the plant could be stunted. But I wasn’t really sure where to plant it.

Jody came over yesterday and she and I went around planting stuff. We planted Marigolds in the garden as well as a couple of pumpkin plants. And… we planted the infamous Blackberry Bush. FINALLY. 

Some things to keep in mind when planting a Blackberry Bush:

  • Plant in full sunlight. If they don’t get enough sunlight, they won’t produce as many blackberries.
  • These are large plants once they get to full size, so make sure you plant them somewhere there is lots of room for them to grow.
  • They need well-drained soil with a pH level of about 5.5-6.5.
  • They work well with a raised bed.
  • Plant in October to early spring.
  • There are 2 types of blackberry plants. Trailing and Erect
    • Trailing blackberry plants require a trellis to help keep them upright.
    • Erect don’t need a trellis, but they are helpful.
  • Blackberry Plants are perennial plants, but their stems, or canes, are biennial. 
    • So the first canes will only grow leaves the first year, the next year they will flower and produce fruit in year 2.
    • All new canes will follow this pattern.
  • DO NOT Plant Blackberry bushes that have recently housed:
    • Tomatoes
    • Potatoes
    • Eggplant
    • Peppers
    • Strawberries
    • Any type of Berry Bush or Bramble
  • Do Plant next to Blackberry Bushes
    • Garlic
      • Repels aphids, but also beetles, borers, spider mites, and weevils.
    • Grapes

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