Photo by Missouri Botanical Garden
Blackberries used to be ornery. The plant sends underground runners far and wide and the runners send up canes that make thickets you don’t dare reach into. Instead you picked the berries at the edge. These days, the plants are slightly tamer, some are thornless, the berries are bigger, and some selections bear two crops, if grown properly. Also, you train the plants to stay in rows and spade up any runners that have other ideas.
Blackberries like a lot of water between the time they flower and the time you harvest the berries. If you water regularly you can double the size of the berries and the crop. The canes do not flower in the year that they emerge from the ground. They flower and fruit in their second year. To keep a row in fruit year after year you allow new canes to grow and remove second year canes after harvest.
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