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Prolific Fruit Bearing Blackberry Bush that's Thorn Free!
Want an easy-to-grow fruiting plant? The Navaho Blackberry Bush is low maintenance and produces bushels of juicy berries every summer!
Navaho Thornless Blackberry is indeed thornless and carefree. In early spring, you’ll see white flower heads forming that eventually mature into medium to large-sized berries during the mid-summer months. Evergreen foliage loads the plant all year long. You may even see shades of bronze or scarlet on the green leaves during late fall and winter as the temperatures decrease. With no thorns, you can pick your sweet berries with ease!
The delicious berries are perfect for fresh eating right off the bush, preserving in jams or jellies, or used in baked goods such as pies or cobblers. They have a juicy and sweet flavor that can’t be compared to store-bought blackberries. The plant produces many pounds of berries every year and the fruit load will increase with every year grown.
Rubus Navaho Blackberry plant is beloved by gardeners all over the county and can be planted in a variety of planting locations. Keep a blackberry orchard, grow as a stand-alone plant or in groups of 3, or even grow Navaho Blackberry in containers for small garden spaces or patio growing.
Where to Plant a Navaho Blackberry Bush
It is not hard to learn how to grow Navaho Thornless Blackberry plants as they are very easy to grow! Full sun is required for the best berry production but partial shade can be tolerated in warmer climates to help protect against the afternoon sun. Blackberry bushes prefer well-draining soil that is slightly acidic and rich in nutrients.
Grow the Navaho Blackberry in zones 6-10 across the United States. It is very cold hardy and Navaho Blackberry chill hours can vary! It is hardy down to zone 10 where chill hours range from 300-500, alternatively, it can tolerate higher chill hours up to 80o-900 hours. This plant is adaptable!
The mature size of the Navaho blackberry is up to 4-6 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide. Navaho thornless blackberry trellis is not required but may help to keep the plant growing vertically and free up space in your garden. The canes are semi-erect and will grow upwards if given support.
How to Plant Navaho Blackberry
As soon as you receive your plant, you should take it out of the box and give it a good watering. Dig a hole at least double the size of the root ball. Place the blackberry root ball into the planting hole and backfill with native or amended soil like our Fruit Tree Planting Mix or Acidic Potting Soil. Press firmly down to compress the soil and cover the root zone with mulch or organic matter to help retain moisture. Water thoroughly right afterward and for the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.
Annual fertilizer like our Slow Release Fertilizer will help provide the blackberry plants with the nutrients they need to produce loads of sweet fruit!
How to Prune Navaho Blackberry
Navaho blackberries should be pruned annually to increase shield and keep the plant looking neat and clean. After the plant has finished fruiting, cut back the canes that produced fruit that year to ground level. Blackberries only produce fruit on new canes from last year’s growth. During any time of the year, you can prune backcrossed branches or unhealthy-looking branches.
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