Many of us love plucking ripe blackberries from those wild, rambling bushes we see along roadsides and wooded edges. Wondering about how to grow blackberries in your garden? Keep reading for more information so you can produce some of your own tasty berries in your backyard.
Blackberry Planting Directions
Before getting started, 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.
They will also require well-draining soil. Avoid areas with heavy clay soil or sandy areas. If 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.
When considering planting blackberries in the garden, 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 similar bugs and problems that the growing blackberry plants are prone to, so keep away from these areas.
Water the plants after you put them into the ground. Also, cut them back to about 6 inches (15 cm.) 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 Plant Care
Growing blackberry bushes is rather simple once the plants are in the ground. The plants will produce berries for 15 to 20 years if you take care of them.
The year following planting, fertilize the ground as soon as you can in the spring and give the growing blackberry plants about an inch (2.5 cm.) of water per week. Make sure to water between rainy times. Weed as necessary.
Your blackberry bushes will require annual pruning too for optimal fruit production.
After you see ripened fruit, try picking blackberries every three to six days. This prevents the birds from getting the berries before you do.