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By Kathee Mierzejewski
If you are wondering about how to grow blackberries, you need to look at your yard and find the perfect place for growing blackberry plants. They do best in full sunshine, but can tolerate some shade. If you put them in too much shade, however, they won’t produce any fruit.
When considering planting blackberries, you need to make sure you do not plant the bushes where peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes or strawberries are growing, or have grown in the past three years or so. These plants are prone to certain bugs and problems that the growing blackberry plants are also prone to, so keep away from these areas.
Blackberry Planting Directions
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. Also, you want to 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 six 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 so long as you have cared for the plant as you should.
The following year, fertilize the ground as soon in the spring as you possibly can. You also want to give the growing blackberry plants about one inch of water a week. Make sure to water between rainy times. Weed whenever you feel it is necessary.
Growing blackberry plants will produce berries for 15 to 20 years if you take care of them. 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.
After you see ripened blackberries, you want to pick them every three to six days. This prevents the birds from getting the growing blackberries before you do!