Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry Bush

Product Description

If you are looking to harvest blackberries right in your own backyard, the Prime Ark® Freedom blackberry bush is the perfect choice for you! This thornless blackberry has large berries and good flavor.

This blackberry variety is disease resistant and drought tolerant. The fruiting season will begin to ripen its large fruit in July all the way through the first frost. The more fruit you pick will increase the number of fruit the following year.

The Prime Ark Freedom is free of pesky thorns, and produces black berries large to extra large in size, have a sweet taste, and are firm in texture. Similar to its berry relative, the triple crown blackberry.

The fruit size alone is a good reason to plant these blackberry plants. They are perfect for home gardeners and can even be grown in containers wherever the climate is suitable. This plant will grow up to 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at maturity. Kids love blackberries too!

Growing Prime Ark Blackberries

The Prime Ark blackberry does best in full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. It can tolerate clay soil as long as the watering schedule is kept up to date. The bush prefers soil moist to establish its strong root system during the growing season.

It is self-pollinating and can grow across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 4-8. This blackberry variety exhibits excellent cold hardiness and plants will survive the winter is covered during hard freezes.

The blackberry plant was originally part of the University of Arkansas’s primocane breeding program and is the first thornless primocane fruiting blackberry variety of its kind. This means more blackberry fruit faster as it fruits on new growth unlike most other blackberries. This extends the fruit harvest time too. So as the new canes produce early season berries, the older canes will produce later season berries on previous years canes.

This blackberry plant ships rooted in soil in a container. They do not ship bare root. Plants will arrive in excellent condition. They are very hardy. If this is not the case, please contact us.

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Botanical Name

Rubus fruticosus 'Prime-Ark® Freedom'

Sunlight Full Sun
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 4-5 ft
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Large, sweet fruit
  • Thornless
  • Self-fertile
  • Disease resistant

Shipping Info

Once your Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry Bush order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

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.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

shipping matrix 2-16

 

Care

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.

Planting Instructions:

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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  1. Tom Mabry

    This prime ark blackberry bush has surpassed my expectations. I purchased in September and already have blackberry flowers meaning we will get fruit! so excited

    • Perfect Plants

      The prime ark freedom blackberries are coming your way! Make sure to keep this blackberry bush watered well this growing season!

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