1ft 'Loch Tay' Blackberry Bush | 2L Pot

Code: TR0577
1ft 'Loch Tay' Blackberry Bush | 2L Pot
Blackberry Loch Tay 2L
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: 2L 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

Optional Extras
  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
    Add +
  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • Full Tree Planting Kit - Empathy™ Rootgrow, Afterplant and Tree Stake & Tie
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: Partial shade, full sun
  • Soil Requirements: Acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
  • Moisture: Moist but well-drained, well-drained

Caring and Maintenance

Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 1.2m

These soft fruits will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.

Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.

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.

 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 3.7/5 (3 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"Excellent service as previously"

Reviewed Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Rating: 1/5

"Hasn't arrived so can't comment"

Reviewed Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Blackberry Loch Tay plant is a good quality plant and good value for money."

Reviewed Monday, 23 April 2018

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