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Bare Root Berries
How To Choose A Blackberry
Consider your climate, your soil, the location of the plants and your tolerance for thorns! Some of the tastiest and most prolific berries have thorns. Decide which varieties best suit your needs.
Blackberries flourish in full sun in most climates and they prefer rich, moist soil and generous fertilization. Drip irrigation is recommended as the leaves will stay dry and the plants are less likely to get rust, a fungal disease. The trailing canes need major support, typically a fence, and the more upright varieties such as Apache and Navajo also do better with some support. Allow the plants to grow naturally the first year and then train them on the supports the second year. The trailing varieties can be tied or woven along the supports. After producing berries, the fruiting canes should be cut to the ground.
Blackberry, Baby Cakes Thornless
Dwarf bush perfect for pots. Grows three to four feet with a compact, rounded habit. Large, sweet berries ripen in summer and, in most areas, are produced twice a year. 400 hours. Zones 4 to 8. Potted.
Blackberry, Chester Thornless
Large, firm, high quality fruit with sweet, very good flavor. Similar to Hull with better resistance to cane blight, slightly hardier. Will not soften, leak or lose color in hot weather. Cold hardy to -12 degrees F; most winter hardy of the thornless varieties. Semi-upright. Late season producer with very long production season. Potted.
Large, attractive, glossy black fruit. Fruit is firm, "blockish" and oblong in shape. Black berries are produced throughout the harvest season on thorned canes. Orange rust resistant. Moderately resistant to anthracnose. Asexual reproduction of this blackberry plant without license is prohibited. Potted.
Blackberry, Navajo Thornless Potted
Medium sized fruit with superior quality and a flavor that is less tart than other thornless cultivars. The first fully erect and self supporitng thornless blackberry. Ripens June through July. Cold hardy to 13 degrees F. Best in warm summer areas. Pat. No. 6679. Potted.
Unique old variety from Luther Burbank, introduced in 1916. Berries are white with all the flavor of a regular blackberry. Trailing habit. Ripens in late July. Hardy to zone 5. Potted.
Blackberry, Triple Crown Thornless
Named for its three crowning attributes: flavor, productivity and vigor. High yields begin with first harvest from mid July to mid August. Semi-erect thornless canes can grow 12-15 feet long and bear large, firm, tasty berries. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 5.
Also known as wolfberry. Weeping shrub reaches six to nine feet and produces copious quantities of small, bright red berries that can be eaten fresh, dried or used in cooking. Highest level of antioxidants of any food plant. Also high in protein and amino acids. Fruit starts ripening in July. Afternoon shade in hottest climates. Prefers well-drained soil. Self-fruitful. Zones 5-9. Potted.
Gooseberry, Black Velvet
Award winning variety that produces excellent large sweet fruit. Outstanding flavor when vine-ripened. Vigorous shrub is very disease resistant. Extremely cold hardy. Zones 3 to 8. Potted.
Large, firm, dark red berries with classic raspberry flavor and superior quality. Excellent for fresh market and home gardens. Aphid resistant. Zones 3 to 9.
Extra large red raspberries up to an inch and a half long. Fine flavor, excellent for all uses. Hardy to 0 degrees F, but does well in warmest climates of the USA. Large crop in June and a smaller one in autumn. Propagated by tissue culture to ensure varietal integrity. Patent No. 4732. Potted.
Medium to large. Light red berry. Firm, sweet and excellent for fresh use or freezing. Vigorous canes. Moderate winter hardiness. Likes cooler summers. Nearly thornless at harvest heights. High level of virus and aphid immunity. Hardy to Zone 5. Ripens in June.
Fall bearing red raspberry with exceptional flavor. Very good yields and tolerant of phytophthora root rot. Widely adaptable. Great performer for commercial and home gardens. Hardy to zone 4. Potted.
Raspberry, Fall Gold
Everbearing. Golden raspberries are very sweet, large to very large, conical, soft, juicy and non-crumbling. Excellent for fresh eating and processing. Adaptable to a wide variety of soils. Highly recommended for upper south and mountain areas; not recommended for extreme northern areas. Plant is vigorous and winter hardy to zone 4. Ripens in July and September in warmer areas and late spring and July/August until hard frost in cooler areas.
Raspberry, Heritage Red
Everbearing. Very large, firm berry; popular commercial raspberry variety. Bears excellent quality moderate early July crop and heavy crop of medium quality early September fruit. Vigorous, hardy canes are erect and need no staking or tying. Most popular fall variety nationwide; very adaptable.
Raspberry, Raspberry Shortcake
Thornless, compact bush to two to three feet, perfect for pots. Dense growth. 800 hours. Zones 4 to 9. Potted.