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1ft 'Loch Tay' Blackberry Bush | 3L Pot

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Blackberry Loch Tay 3L

Similar to the very popular 'Loch Ness' and easily the equal of that superb variety, Loch Tay features the advantage of a much earlier fruiting season, its rounded jet black fruits start to ripen in late July and continue through most of August. The fruit themselves are firm so will shrug off summer downpours with ease and will maintain a good condition on the bush if you don't get around to harvesting them. They are packed full of sweet flavour and the crops are of a good size.

The spine free canes feature the same semi-upright, compact habit of Loch Ness which makes them a breeze to harvest. They can be grown quite simply as a self supporting bush on its own, planted 1m apart, incorporated into a row of raspberries or grown in a container. Loch Tay is a highly worthwhile accompaniment to the Loch Ness and also the best early season thorn free compact Blackberry.

Characteristics

  • Arrives as: 3L Pot
  • Approx height on arrival: 45-60cm
  • Shrub is approx. 3 years old
  • Fruit: Black berries
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m
  • Approx Spread: 2m
  • Flowering Period: Spring
  • Harvesting Period: August- september
  • Tolerance: Drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: Bushy
  • Self pollinating: Yes
  • Uses: Eating fresh, smoothies, sauces, jams/ preserves
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Rate of Growth: max. Height in 3-4 years
  • Scented: Yes
  • Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects, provides food for birds

Fruit Benefits

These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

It is important to water your newly-planted raspberries or blackberries on a frequent basis (at least bimonthly for two months). You should also ensure adequate spacing (40 - 60cm) between each bush.

    • With bare root plants, you should soak their roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with potted plants, you should drench their rootball.
    • If you are planting a bare root plant, dig a hole so that their first roots are no more than 2 inches below the ground.
    • If you are planting a containerised plant, make sure that the pot sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
    Please see below for our planting guidance:

  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, provide your plant with a good watering.
  • Add mulch on top (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
  • Blackberry and raspberry bushes are wonderful for the beginner grower. Below we address some common query topics:

    • Hardiness: Native to the UK, your blackberry or raspberry plant is well accustomed to the milder climate.
    • Position: Planting in full sun is always recommended, however they still tolerate light shade.
    • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your plant’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease.
    More Information
    Harvesting Period Early Season Fruit Trees, Mid Season Fruit Trees
    Harvest Month August, September
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
    Species Blackberry Bushes, Soft Fruit Plants
    Time To Cropping 1 Year
    Type Blackberry
    Uses Fruiting Plants Suitable For Eating Fresh
    Eventual Height 2m-4m
    Eventual Spread 2m-4m
    Pollination Group Self-Fertile
    Annual Rate Of Growth Fast Growing
    Supplied As 2L Pot
    Supplied As 2L-3L Pot
    Type Soft Fruit Plants

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