August 30, 2019 at 1:02 pm #65178
Allan, please advise.
I have long, strong runners on my Thornless Blackberry , which presumably would fruit next season. Thing is, they are prolific, strong, big and almost invasive!! Would NOW be a reasonable time to trim some off or tie some back? I remember you saying that you kept but a few each year from yours.
I have had great crops this year from those over the arch, and yet still more to come…but it’s an odd year climate-wise and I certainly don’t want to lose the Blackberries by mis-treating them.
Advise from you, and indeed anyone else who grows these goodies will be most appreciated THANKS….AnneAugust 30, 2019 at 1:24 pm #65184August 31, 2019 at 1:23 am #65188
Anne, I let the two strongest branches grow, They are over an inch diameter at the base,Stop them if they get too long and they will bush out,Giving stronger side shoots ,Which you should also nip the tip off of when long enough for you,.Like you said ,They are next years producing shoots,They need a good feed now to have a good crop next year,I use miracle grow because it gets too the roots quicker,Go to the instructions on the box for the strength.As soon as they have finished fruiting,Cut the old growth back to ground level.August 31, 2019 at 8:29 am #65189
Thankyou ronvalley, I have a blackberry in its second year and wondered what to do with it, as I wanted it to be more of a bush.👍August 31, 2019 at 10:43 am #65190
Oh thank you Allan … brilliantAugust 31, 2019 at 10:54 am #65191
Don’t cut them off too short,Leave plenty of side-shoots on before cutting the tips off.August 31, 2019 at 10:57 am #65192
Right thanksAugust 31, 2019 at 4:03 pm #65193August 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm #65196
It’s a very productive plant we’ve had loads too, and my friends had lots before we had even returned from Normandy, so I have no idea how many lbs it’s producing. Just know that it’s loved the sunshine and regular watering and feeding and is still producing fat ripe berries as I click
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