THORNLESS & EASY TO MAINTAIN, GROW JUICY BERRIES IN YOUR BACKYARD!
Get ready for an easy to grow delicious delicacy that you can pick right off the plant and enjoy fresh! Desirable characteristics of Ouachita Blackberry Bush include consistently high yields and good post-harvest keeping excellent quality.
*Pre Order Plants Ship in May*
Anyone who has picked wild blackberries in the woods may be hesitant to grow them at home. Not with thornless blackberry plants…. you have nothing to worry about!
The Ouachita thornless blackberry vine features an upright habitat with double blossoms and semi erect canes that bears the fruit of medium size. Fruit is firm and sweet. The full crop fruiting season will begin to ripen in June and the berries appear in early spring. This blackberry cultivar is disease resistant and heat tolerant making it an ideal choice for warmer climates in the south.
The fruit storage and handling potential make this berry plant a great choice for home gardeners. Bred by the University of Arkansas, this blackberry variety is one of our favorites for the excellent flavor and handling potential of the Ouachita.
GROWING THORNLESS BLACKBERRY VINES
The Ouachita Blackberry vine is self-pollinating and prefers full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. Its fruit is deliciously large, sweet berries with black skin, and a firm texture. It requires around 400 chill hours.
Harvest these berries in mid-June – this summer fruit producer can keep producing for 5 weeks after that. The fruiting extends through the late summer growing season. Giving you more time to enjoy this delicious fruit!
Plant blackberries across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 6-9. This summer bearing blackberry plants loves the heat! Can also be grown in a raised bed if there is enough room for roots to grow or even patio grown in a container.
How to Trellis Blackberries
Grown great as Ouachita Blackberry trellis system with plenty feet of row. Saves space, improves efficiency when picking, controls plant size, improves insect/disease problems – just a few of the many benefits of growing blackberries on a trellis. The erect blackberries on the fruiting canes will cling onto the trellis whether it be wire or wood.
These fruit bushes will get up to 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at full size. You may need to prune long canes to desired size and shape. Plants will produce root suckers at the base of the plant as it spreads. Blackberry plants grow quickly and they require 1-2 inches of water per week when the plant is in its fruiting stages.
Shipped rooted in soil in a pot (not bare root). You will see the difference in fruit quality. Blackberry plants are easy to grow – you will not be disappointed.
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Once your Ouachita 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.
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.
Growing 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 (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.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!
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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