Sweet & Tasty Blackberries Are Produced During Summer!
The Natchez Blackberry Bush is an excellent cultivar for an easy to grow fruit bush that produces bushels of sweet blackberries annually!
We love thornless blackberries for their ease of maintenance and small size perfect for any garden. The Natchez Thornless Blackberry Bush, created by the USDA and the University of Arkansas, is prized for having thorn free canes, or branches, and less painful pokes for you! This plant exhibits dark green foliage and produces a white flower in early spring.
It is a self fertile blackberry bush, meaning you don’t need another blackberry bush to cross pollinate and produce fruit. The large berries will ripen and mature over summer for a harvest date in June, which is earlier than many other erect thornless varieties. The elongated black berries are shiny and will fill the branches. They can be picked right off the plant for enjoyment, or used in creating jams, jellies, or pies! Fresh blackberries have tons of nutritious benefits including being packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, and essential minerals.
HOW TO PLANT A THORNLESS BLACKBERRY BUSH
Grow Natchez Blackberry virtually anywhere in the United States! It thrives in the department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 4-9. The Natchez thornless variety loves the hot heat of the South but is very tolerant to colder weather too!
Well draining soil that is kept consistently moist is best but the plants will adapt to many soil types. Full sun is required to produce sweet berries at their fullest potential. A slightly acidic soil pH is ideal as well.
Once established in the landscape, the Natchez blackberry plant is drought tolerant. A thick layer of mulch around the root zone will help to retain moisture and discourages weeds. Apply a slow release fertilizer around the root system in the early spring growing season to help with growth and fruit production. It will take up to 1 year for the plant to bear fruit and the ideal time to plant is in early spring.
You can even plant blackberry bushes in containers if you have limited room on space in the garden. The Natchez Blackberry plant only grows 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide making it the perfect size for container growing.
How to Prune Thornless Blackberries
Pruning thornless blackberries is essential to get the most out of your black berry plant. Every year the semi-erect berry bush will push out new growth or canes called primocanes. After the flowering and fruit production in the second year, the canes are called floricanes and these are what you want to prune back annually. Once a blackberry cane produces the fruit it is useless and won’t produce fruit on the same branch ever again. Regular pruning techniques encourage new growth and tons of delicious blackberries!
Grown great with a Natchez Blackberry trellis system with plenty of room to grow. Blackberries on trellises save space, improves efficiency when picking, and controls plant size to name just a few of the many benefits of growing blackberries on a trellis. Natchez is an extremely pest and disease blackberry variety, as well as high yielding, so it is a great choice for home gardeners.
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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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