1ft 'Karaka Black' Blackberry Bush | 3L Pot | By James McIntyre & Sons

Code: PL39812
1ft 'Karaka Black' Blackberry Bush | 3L Pot | By James McIntyre & Sons

An exceptional cultivar that is perfect if you want a single plant

Superb variety originating from New Zealand. Karaka Black has long arching stems that bear lobed mid-green leaves and white flowers in Summer. The flowers are followed by exceptionally long and large shiny black fruit that is firm, easy to pick and above all has an excellent flavour. The berries are superb for freezing and ideal for all-purpose use. Very long season running from early July through to September. Karaka Black is quick to establish itself and very easy to grow, it also has an excellent disease resistance to downy mildew. Recommended by the RHS as an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects. A quite outstanding performer!

In trials in New Zealand, Karaka Black produced more than 2X the yield of other popular blackberries such as Waldo and Silvan - around 15t/ha. The berries themselves are incredibly long, firm and shiny and boast exceptional flavour. Each berry usually weighs over 10g and carry a deep purple to black shine. This variety has been recommended by the RHS as an excellent attractant to bees and wildlife and although a new cultivar, is now the most planted blackberry in the UK due to it’s bumper crops and great tasting fruit.

Variety Information

Harvesting Period Summer
Estimated Time to Best Yields 2 Years
Uses Eating Fresh, Jam-Making, Cooking

Size Information

Supplied As3L Pot
Height on Arrival20cm (8 Inches)
Planting Distance1-2.5m
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions.2m x 2m (6.5 x 6.5ft)
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Our soft fruit plants are carefully checked by our fruit nursery experts prior to despatch to ensure they are up to size and in perfect condition.

Larger orders are packed into specially made, extra thick cardboard boxes with innovative inserts that hold your plants in place to prevent any damage in transit.

Small orders for bare root plants are carefully wrapped and then sent in padded mail bags for delivery in the large letter postal service where there are no larger items capable of causing damage.

Key is to regularly water newly-planted bushes, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing (40-60cm) between bushes.

With bare root plants, it's important to soak its roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with potted plants it is important to drench the rootball. With bare root plants, dig a hole so as to ensure its first roots are no more than 2 inches below ground level, while with containerised plants, ensure the pot sits no lower than an inch below ground

Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your plant a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem.

Blackberry bushes are extremely easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: as blackberry plants are native to the UK, they will not be die in the cold.
  • Position: in the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so planting in full sun is recommended, although blackberries will tolerate light shade. Planting your bush in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting and allow it to put more resources into fruiting. As blackberries are tied to supports, planting against a south facing wall is useful.
  • Soil Types: Soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will reduce growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases.
 

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