How to grow blackberries at home in easy steps.
Learn how to plant, care for, and harvest blackberry bushes in your home garden.
Blackberries are very easy and trouble-free plant to grow in your garden.
We find that is is usually much more difficult to get rid of unwanted blackberries, than it is to get them to thrive in the garden!
Although most available gardening literature tends to focus more on vegetable gardening than providing information about the berry patch, we decided to remedy that!
Let's start with the basics of how to grow blackberries.
One complication gardeners face with growing berries is that they are perennial plants.
You can always find a better tomato variety compatible to your location, but it is not as easy to change varieties of growing blackberries.
Growers find it is much more cost effective to prevent difficulties from the start rather than to treat them later.
Plants that produce too much vegetation may not harden off early enough in the fall.
This leaves them vulnerable to severe damage if winter comes early.
Additionally, these plants will form few fruit buds for the following year, which means less fruit production.
Excessive growth is usually caused by pruning or feeding the plants too much.
Cut back on nitrogen and pruning.
Blackberry plants are usually disease-free.
In the event that your plants are not thriving, there can be a pest involved.
Sudden wilting of the tips of blackberry canes is the first sign that raspberry cane borers have infected your plants.
Closer examination of the canes will show two rows of punctures about one inch apart at the tip of the cane.
The adult cane borer is a bluish black beetle with a red thorax, which lays eggs between the rows of small holes.
To destroy the larva, cut off the wilted tops below the lower row of tiny wound marks and burn them.
Blackberries are very hardy plants, and are not usually bothered by disease.
However, be on the safe side by starting out with disease-free plants.
If new canes show reddish-brown or purplish spots, suspect anthracnose.
As the canes grow, these spots enlarge, become round, turn gray in color, develop shrunken centers, and grow together.
Small, irregular, yellow or purple spots also appear on the leaves.
On spotting the disease symptoms, apply fungicide such as copper dust every 7 to 10 days.
To prevent anthracnose, use a dormant oil spray in late winter before budding begins.
Everyone's favorite part of how to grow blackberries is the harvest!
Pick the berries in the early morning just after their color has become dull.
Check plants every couple of days for ripe blackberries.