The first thing to do before planting is to clear away weeds because their competition will really slow the growth of the blackberries.
- Do this by spraying weeds with Yates Zero Rapid 1-Hr Action Weedkiller Ready To Use (fortunately Zero breaks down rapidly in the soil so won’t leave any harmful residues).
- After the weeds have died they can be dug into the soil. At the same time mix in some Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser which will encourage good root growth.
- Set out the dormant canes 1.5m apart in rows 2m apart.
- The canes can be tied together loosely with twine. If using a trellis or a structure for the blackberries to grow on, make sure this is in place at planting time. Water as required. Blackberries continue to bear for many years. Pic fruit when ripe and well coloured.
- After pruning in late summer, feed with Yates Acticote Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs.