Blackberries for the Home

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Blackberries

Blackberries are vigorous
and exceptionally spiny, hardy perennial cane fruits
belonging to the genus Rubus .The species and
hybrids listed below are grown for dessert, bottling,
tarts, jam and wine.

Blackberries
prefer deep, moist and rich loam but are adaptable to
light sands and stiff clays, given free drainage and
freedom from perennial weeds. Incorporate bulky organic
such as farmyard manure, compost, shoddy, and feed with
fish- or meat-meal and sulphate of potash. Correct iron
deficiency on soils containing free lime by dressings
of iron.

Planting
sites subject to frost are suitable as flowering is
late, in early July. Provide shelter from strong winds
for the brittle laterals and tie them into training-wires.

Cultivation
Plant first-year plants, shortened to 23cm (10in)
in the autumn at up to 3.6cm (12ft) apart, against walls
or fences or posts and wires. Train the young replacement
shoots has established plants to one side of, or above,
the fruiting canes to prevent contamination with fungus
diseases. Cut out fruited shoots after harvest.

Propagate
by tip layering in June or July, by leaf bud cuttings
in August or by rooted suckers in the autumn.

Control
greenfly, capsid bug, raspberry
beetle and cane
spot and destroy plants infected with crown gall.

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