If you are looking for something easy to grow and have a little space, blackberries are for you. Sweet tasting blackberries, grow wild in the woods and along trails in many parts of the country. They successfully compete with a wide variety of weeds in the wild. When you plant a few in your yard or garden, they will easily thrive. With a little care and attention, you will you will be rewarded with a big and juicy crop.

Growing Conditions

Blackberries are self-fertile and so will produce fruit even if only one plant is grown.

The best berries will be produced when they are in full sun. However, where space is at a premium, a blackberry cane will produce good crops even when grown in deep shade none of the other common fruits will survive in these conditions.

Blackberries produce their flowers very late in the season so frost will never be a problem. Low lying land or frost pockets are quite suitable for blackberries.

Blackberries will grow reasonably well in almost all soils. Blackberries will produce of their best in medium, well-drained soil which contains plenty of organic matter. They like the soil to hold a good supply of water, especially when the fruits are developing in summer. The worst soil for a blackberry is light chalky soil – lots of well rotted compost will help to improve these conditions.

Planting

Plant erect varieties 2 to 4 feet apart, and trailing varieties 5 to 6 feet apart. Prune heavily at planting to encourage new plan the growth. The roots are very sensitive to sunlight, so plant on a cloudy day.

When planting the canes, keep the crown of the roots level with the soil surface. This normally means digging a broad hole about 12cm (5in) deep. Spr