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Blackberry Planting, Care, Pruning and Harvesting Instructions

blackberry bush

Blackberries are often considered one of the easiest fruits to grow at home. They are a native species to the United States and grow as a small shrub or trailing vine. The fruit from this plant can be used for table fruit, syrup, jams and jelly.

How to Plant, Care, Prune and Harvest Arapaho Blackberry Bushes

Blackberries are produced on the canes of a perennial shrub. 'Arapaho' is a thornless, self-supporting blackberry and the following instructions are for this upright kind of blackberry. The roots live for more than two years and the canes take two years to finish their lifecycle. During the first year, the canes sprout and grow to their full height. Canes are produced from both the roots and the crown. They go dormant for the winter. In the second year the canes leaf, flower, and fruit. At the same time the roots are producing new first-year canes. After fruiting, the second-year canes die and must be be removed.

Site Selection for Blackberry Bushes

How to Plant Blackberry Bushes

How to Water Blackberries

How to Prune Blackberries

How to Fertilize Blackberry Bushes

How to Pick Blackberries


Other Resources

North Carolina Cooperative Extension
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
How to plant blackberries video from Oklahoma State Extension