How to Choose the Best Blackberry Bushes

Important things to consider when buying blackberry bushes

Blackberry bushes can be purchased from a nursery or from an online provider. Blackberry bushes grow all over the world and produce wonderful blackberries that can be used for jelly, jam, baked goods and can even be eaten fresh from the berry garden.

Berry Jerry’s tips on getting the best results from your blackberry bushes…

Blackberries are a bramble fruit, which means that they grow on thorny blackberry bushes that are part of the Genus Rubus classification in the rose family (also called rosaceae). Blackberry bushes are actually thorny shrubs that produce blackberries.

Because blackberry bushes are shrubs rather than plants, they require sufficient growing space. In some cases they grow as much as ten feet high.

Blackberry bushes are very easy to grow because they grow well in just about any type of soil, even if the soil is poor. In fact, in many areas of the world blackberry bushes are considered to be as troublesome as weeds because they grow so plentifully in the wild. (Of course Berry Jerry says there’s nothing wrong with that!)

There are a wide variety of blackberry bushes that produce various types of blackberries and it is possible to get thornless blackberry bushes. Blackberry bushes are hardy plants that grow in a variety of climates ranging from very cold to very hot and dry.

Fun Facts: Blackberry bushes produce canes every year, but each year the berries grow on the previous year’s canes rather than on the newly produced canes.

My favorite blackberry bush for fresh berries early in the season it the Bedford Giant. It produces large, mouthwatering berries for about a month.

The best mid-season producer for fresh berries is the Merton Thornless blackberry bush which produces mid-sized berries that are delicious to eat fresh from the bush. The Himalayan Giant blackberry bushes produce large, slightly acidic berries mid-season that are just fabulous for jellies, jams and baked good. These mid-season producers put out for about seven weeks. The John Innes blackberry bushes produce large, sweet berries late in the season.

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