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Blackberry Care Guide

Find a spot in the yard that has sunshine and good drainage. Also, be sure to avoid areas with heavy clay soil or sandy areas. If you are afraid your soil isn’t up to par for growing blackberry bushes, you should add organic soil matter to improve aeration and facilitate drainage. Till the soil so that it is free from clumps and rocks. Remove any obvious insects, sticks and weeds. You can add things like compost, chopped hay or leaves to help make the soil the right consistency for planting blackberries. The soil pH should be between 5.5 and 7 for best results.

Start planting blackberries as early in the spring as possible. Water the plants after you put them into the ground. Also, cut the plants back to about 6 inches after you plant them. These new plants will not produce berries the first year. However, they require fertilizer and water. Growing blackberry bushes will start producing the following year if you have cared for the plant as you should. Blackberry plants will produce berries for 15 to 20 years if you provide proper care. Sometimes planting blackberries next to a trellis will help because the bush is a climbing type.

Growing blackberry bushes is rather simple once the plants are in the ground. The year following planting, fertilize the ground as soon as you can in the spring and give the growing blackberry plants about an inch of water per week. Use a balanced fertilizer (Something along the lines of a 10-10-10 or for Azaleas works well also) Make sure to water between rainy times. Weed as necessary. After you see ripened blackberries, pick them every three to six days. This prevents the birds from getting the growing blackberries before you do!

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