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is the most winter hardy of the thornless varieties.
Large, sweet, jet black, high quality berries
with good flavor. A recent USDA introduction is excellent for fresh
eating, jams, jellies, and pies.
in August. Zones 5-9.
Our friends at the Univ. of Arkansas
have come up with another great thornless blackberry for the homeowner.
Ouachita (wash-uh-taw) berries have an excellent sweet flavor bearing in
bumper crops after 2 years. The sturdy erect canes produce reliably and
show resistance to double rosette and orange rust. Great for all uses.
Ripens mid June. Zones 5-9.
A Univ. of Arkansas hybrid, bearing consistent yields twice that of itsí sister
variety Arapaho. The large, long fruit (24 berries per 1/2 lb) of
Natchez ripen with an attractive glossy, black finish. Berries are sweet with
an exceptional storage life being great for fresh eating, cooking, and jellies
& jams. An erect grower that shows good heat and cold tolerance as well as
disease resistance. Ripens in early June.
Easily one of the most easily grown and
heaviest producers for the home gardeners.
sweet firm red fruit are produced on current year's growth. The main crop starts to ripen in late July
through the fall, usually producing until freezing weather. The canes grow vigorously and are stiff, needing little to
no support. Zones
Nova Summer Red Raspberries
of the more cold hardy raspberries, yet does well in warmer climates.
Very dependable & productive with a wonderful berry flavor, fruit works
well in jams, preserves & eating fresh.. Ripens in July. Zones 5-8
A great companion for Heritage in that it grows in the same manner and
yet produces a heavy crop two weeks earlier than Heritage. The large
soft fruit yield an excellent flavor for all uses. Developed in
Minnesota, these plants are winter hardy while still tolerating hot
humid southern summers well. The canes grow vigorously and are stiff,
needing little to no support.
Ripens in early-mid July through the fall. Zones 4-8.
imagine stepping out of your back door in the cool summer morning hours,
plucking a bowlful of luscious berries to top off your cereal or
pancakes. Sounds good? Well it is so easy to achieve! All they need is
full sun, enriched well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5-6.5, and mulch.
Upright brambles should be planted 2-3 ft. apart in rows,
place two slow release
Grape-Berry Agriform tablets, water
thoroughly and mulch heavily. When planting, protect roots
from sunlight and keep moist. As suckers come up, the row should
fill in to be 2 feet wide. Little to no support is needed, depending
on variety. To promote a strong
plant, keep the tips of the canes cut at 45 inches in height
beginning in early June. For blackberries, remove the older canes
after harvesting the crop. For Everbearing raspberries,
all canes down to 2-3 inches in the winter to save pruning and prevent
Trailing brambles should be
8-10 ft. apart on trellises. When planting, protect roots from
sunlight and keep moist. The crown should be planted no more that
1/2" below the ground level. Place two slow release
Agriform tablets, water thoroughly and mulch heavily.
Water plants weekly during dry spells. Everbearing raspberries
produce on current year's growth, so they may be mowed to 2" in
winter. For trailing brambles, pruning consists of removing all
older canes after they have fruited.