By now, some of the nurseries, especially The Natural Gardener in Austin, will have bare root blackberry plants for sale. They won’t be much to look at, really just a stick with roots, but if put in the ground (or a pot) now, by Spring will have grown and leafed out beautifully, and will begin to produce fruit the first year, with any luck. I have two blackberry plants, both bought the same year. One is growing in a pot, the other in a small corner of the yard in bad soil. The thorny blackberry I planted in the pot, 2 years ago, produced several blackberries the first Spring, then this year at least tripled in production. The one in the bad soil has lagged behind, but still produced both Springs. They are easy to care for, don’t freeze, and as long as they get some sun and water, tend to do quite well. Give it a shot! There might be nothing better than a fresh, ripe blackberry.
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