Blackberries, like their raspberry-cousins, grow on a bush and are at their best when bright, shiny and plump. They too contain “bubbles,” or drupelets, which are the bumps and curves on their outside. Blackberries boast the highest levels of anti-oxidants of all fruits, and have been noted as helping prevent cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological disease. In addition to the fresh, Pick-Your-Own crop at the Westmoreland Berry Farm, blackberries are also delicious when featured in desserts, jellies, jams and even wine.
What Blackberries Can Do
Blackberries are among the easiest type of berry to grow, requiring only soil, sunlight and water. It’s best to plant blackberries shallowly, five or six feet apart in rows that are eight feet from one another. Keeping your blackberry bushes away from wild berries is important to keep in mind, as this will help minimize the spread of viruses and pests. Trellises, or structures that support blackberry bushes, are also important for blackberry growth, as is proper mulching and pruning. Like their raspberry relatives, blackberries enjoy as much as one inch of water per week.
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Blackberries are versatile, capable of growing in a variety of climates.
Blackberries plants require as much as one in of water per week for proper growth.
Blackberries can be ready for harvest in as little as seven weeks from pollination.
Blackberry plants should be placed as far as possible from wild berry patches.