Blackberries are very easy to grow, and it is time to plant them. The come “bare-root”, and can be found sitting in sandboxes at the front of Natural Gardener. Two years ago, I planted two Kiowa blackberries. The descriptor for this variety says “extremely large fruit and formidable thorns. Excellent flavor.” I can attest to both the flavor and the thorns. I planted one plant in the corner of the yard next to a fence and literally left it alone. It got watered with the yard, but no extra. The second one, I planted in a pot. It also produced well, but hasn’t flourished as much. Expect full fruit the second year after planting.
Last week, I went to the Natural Gardener, to add to my Blackberry crop. This time, I bought Roseborough, a variety that is disease resistant, with large fruit and delicious juicy flavor. No word on the thorns.
I think $3.99 for one plant is a terrific deal, considering the volume of blackberries each plant produces and should continue producing.
I love how the plant starts to turn purple in the winter, creating a visual image of what will come in the Spring. Nature rocks like that.