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Blackberry Care Guide

Thornless Blackberry Plants produce large clusters of mild, sweet fruit.

Planting Zones
The Blackberry 'Natchez' can be planted in USDA growing zones 9-11 only.
Trees and bushes that are planted in the ground that experience freezing temperatures above zone 8 need protection in unusual inclement weather.
Planting in the wrong hardiness zone will void the warranty.
Planting zones: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

Planting In The Ground
1. Do not plant a Blackberry in a space where an old tree or bush has died, the soil may be contaminated and create problems. The area should be free from clumps, rocks, insects, sticks, and weeds.
2. The location should be chosen that is sunny, in a well-draining area. Avoid areas with heavy clay soil or sandy areas.
3. Place the potted blackberry in a chosen location for 2 weeks and allow it to acclimate to the area before you plant in the ground.
4. Dig a hole double the width of the root ball or double the size of the pot and fill with water and wait 24 hours.
5. Fill the hole with water again. If water has drained from the hole within an hour this area has good drainage and the blackberry can be planted.
6. If the area has bad drainage choose another area.
7. Add a mixture of well-draining soil into the hole and remove the plant from the pot.
8. Place the plant in the hole. DO NOT allow it to drop down into the hole. The soil line of the plant should be above the existing soil grade approximate 1-2 inches above the existing grade.
9. Do not pile mulch close to the bush.
10. Keep other plants away from the blackberry by creating a 4-5-foot circumference around the trunk area. Weeds allowed to grow around the plants base compete for water and nutrients, so pull them up as they appear.
11. Start planting blackberries as early in the spring as possible. Water the plants after you put them into the ground.
12. Cut the plants back 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.
13. 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 (10-10-10 or for Azaleas works well).  Make sure to water between rainy times and weed as necessary. After you see ripened blackberries, pick them every three to six days.

Mulching
Use mulch for ground planted trees and plants only.
Maintain a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around the blackberry to retain soil moisture and improve soil quality
Apply the mulch in the spring and fall under the canopy.
Avoid piling mulch against the trunk.
The plant trunk needs air circulation, without circulation, the truck could rot away from the root ball so avoid piling soil and mulch close to the truck area of the plant.



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