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  • 1. Introduction to Horticulture Plant: Blackberry Term: Berry
  • 2. Blackberry Rubus fruticosus
    • Need full sun
    • Grows on canes
    • Cultivated varieties are significantly larger than wild
    • Thorn-less varieties available
    • Harvest from mid June to mid July
    • Zones: 3a to 7a
    • Low to moderate fertilizer & water needs
    • Can be erect or trailing forms
    • Most popular varieties:
      • Apache, Navaho, Chester, Cherokee, Triple Crown
  • 3. BERRY:
    • A small, pulpy fruit, which usually contains several seeds
  • 4. Brambles
    • Blackberries
      • Stem stays attached to the fruit
    • Raspberries
      • Can be red or black
      • Separate from the stem
  • 5. Growing Blackberries & Raspberries
    • Most new varieties are thornless
    • Plants are perennial, canes are biennial
    • 1 st year for canes is vegetative growth, 2 nd is fruit production. Then the cane dies and new ones grow.
    • Both grow wild and are cultivated.
    • Can tell the difference between blackberries & raspberries by the bottom of the fruit.
  • 6. Trellises for blackberries
    • Trailing: Wind canes around supports
    • Leave next years canes on the ground
    • Erect: Cut off the tips during the growing season
    • Leave next years canes on the ground