It seems I can’t resist the call of sweet berries in the summertime!
I spied a blackberry plant on sale at my local grocery store. I just couldn’t resist. Reasonable price. Nice looking young thang.
And here it is, my very own Triple Crown thornless blackberry baby.
The Triple Crown Blackberry Plant:
- Grows medium sized, sweet fruit through the summer
- Is thornless- we can all agree- that is a plus
- Likes full sun
- Is happy in USDA Zones 5-9
- Will probably require some trellising and support
Trellising? Oh Dear!
I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have this bad habit of going to the nursery/grocery store/pharmacy/anywhere and purchasing plants. Just because I think they are pretty and beautiful and perhaps they will be yummy on my plate.
And then I get home. And I begin to research. And then I have to go back out and purchase soil amendments (my compost is still a-cooking). And then I get home. Amend the soil. Plant the stupid beautiful plant. Water the stupid beautiful plant. Fall in love with the stupid beautiful plant. Find out I have to buy a trellis for the stupid beautiful plant. And out I go again. All this with a toddler. She is mostly alongside digging or watering and being my gardening version of a wingman. She is awesome.
What Not to Do
My blackberry plant is finally in the ground- with some magical, acidifying organic… grey looking…. stuff… the lady at the nursery gave me for… free… Now that I’ve actually written that sentence- I’m a little worried. What on earth did I amend my soil with? The lady at the nursery was very helpful and she did say it was organic, but really that was a rookie mistake not knowing what I was amending my soil with.
Perhaps I’ll create a new category- “things not to do when you are learning how to ‘culture hortus’. Or however the Latin goes.”
What to do
- First, give your blackberry plant a nice talking to. Tell him/her (this variety is considered to be self-fertile) not to grow too fast or too crazy.
- Dig a hole about 1 foot by 1 foot and remove the plant from its pot gently.
- Put the plant in the hole.
- This step is important– add a soil amendment. When you do, it is preferable that you know what that soil amendment is– peat-based potting mix was recommended on my instructions.
- Water it well and keep that baby moist until shoots appear. After that, water 1-2 times per week.
- Fertilize with acid fertilizer- again know what your putting in your soil (I am totally addressing myself here).
You can choose to build a trellis to start training your blackberries and supporting them as they grow. I am currently working on one myself. Here is a video I recommend watching. Short, informative and to-the-point, and you’ve gotta love the guy:
Has anyone had experience growing blackberries? Feel free to leave your advice.