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5 to 8
3.00 to 5.00 feet
3.00 to 5.00 feet
April to May
Full sun to part shade
|‘Ouachita’- released by the University of Arkansas in 2003, is a lower-chill variety, having mid-late season maturity, heavy yields, and firm berries. Fruit size is similar to Arapaho and Navaho.
Blackberries are a warm southern climate crop and can be grown anywhere in USDA Hardiness Zone 7, 8, or 9. Regular irrigation is needed for plants to grow well and for fruit to reach full size potential. Most blackberries have relatively low winter chilling requirement, and will fruit well in areas of the state that receive 300 hours or more below 45 F.
Blackberries grow best in sandy soil; however, they can be grown in soils that are at least one foot deep, have good drainage, and have a range of pH 4.5 to pH 7.5. On soils with a pH of 8.0 or above, plants will experience severe iron chlorosis and -the addition of chelated ironproducts will be needed. If internal soil Blackberries grow best in sandy soil; however, they can be grown in soils that are at least one foot deep, have good drainage, and have a range of pH 4.5 to pH 7.5. On soils with a pH of 8.0 or above, plants will experience severe iron chlorosis and -the addition of chelated ironproducts will be needed. If internal soil drainage is slow, planting on berms or raised beds is advisable.
Blackberries are biennial plants having two types of canes. Current-season canes are called “primocanes” and one year-old canes are called “floricanes”. Floricanes are flowerbearing canes, which die after the fruit crop matures. Cultivated blackberries today are classified into two fruiting types: Floricanebearing, which only flower and set fruit on floricanes; and Primocane-bearing, which flower on primo-canes late in the growing season, and then bear on floricanes also.
Our Blackberry Bed was built and planted in 2012. Every year since, the bushes are trimmed and the bed is re-mulched.
|Information on this page is from Missouri Botanical Gardens,
Dave’s Garden, All things Plants, Texas Superstar or Aggie Horticulture
|The Bed Head for our Blackberry bed is Bob Mason. Bobjumped right into a leadership role as soon as he became a Master Gardener in 2015. Bob immediately become an officer on the executive board as secretary. He also is bed head of the Blueberry bed and of the Woodland Trail. He is always front and center whenever there is any project or job where an extra hand is needed. Thanks go to Bob and all the other Master Gardeners who have made our blackberry bed what it is.|
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