Blackberry 'Thornfree' Bush - Rubus Fruticosus - 3L Pot
No thorns, making the berries easy to pick and the bush easy to train. Heavy cropping and very large, the blackberries are also sweet-tasting and full of juice. Makes marvellous bramble jelly, delicious in pies when mixed with other fruit, such as apples. Freezes well.
- Flower Colour: white flushed with pink
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: 2m
- Approx. Spread: 5m
- Comes in a: 3L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Plant is approx. 2 years old and has 1 or 2 stems
- Flowering Period: June - August
- Harvesting Period: August
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Self pollinating: yes
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Cut back plants to about 60cm (2ft) after planting and remove the stems that have flowered each winter.
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
- 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.