Blackberry 'Chester' Bush - Rubus Fruticosus - 2L Pot
'Chester' is a moderate sized bush with thornless canes. White flowers bloom in summer and are followed by dark fruits in late summer. The berries themselves are very sweet, unless picked early where upon they will have more of a tangy taste. They would be perfect for putting in tarts, pies, crumble and jam.
- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: dark-green in spring and summer/pale-yellow in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 2.5m
- Approx Spread: 8m
- Comes in a: 2L pot
- Plant is approx. 2 years old and has 1 or 2 stems
- Flowering Period: spring
- Harvesting Period: late summer
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Self pollinating: yes
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves
- Hardiness: hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Cut back plants to about 60cm (2ft) after planting and remove the stems that have flowered each winter.
- Scented: barely
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: neutral, clay, loamy, sandy
- Moisture: well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Water around 1 inch a week. Remove any weeds or rocks 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.
Blackberry bushes tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 6 - 7.5 is ideal. They can tolerate light shade conditions, but will be more productive in a sunny and sheltered site.
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.
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.
This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.