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Thornfree Blackberries

TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
Son's just phone to say he's bought a Thornfree Blackberry, anyone know anything about them, what there like, taste etc. He bought in in the nursery near where he works.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,559
    What is the variety?
    I planted a thornless Reuben blackberry last year, but no berries until summer.
    The reviews for taste I read were very good and it only gets to about 6ft which is just right for me
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,944
    I bought one of those @Pete.8. Got it from morrisons last year, only had a few fruits, you have to cut any fruiting stems down to the ground, they don’t fruit again on those, but this year it’s growing really well, wouldn’t say 6‘ though, I’ve put it on a 6 x6’ trellis and it’s filled that and I’ve twisted it back on itself now. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    edited April 2019
    Pet.8, I'm not sure nothing on front of label but on the back it says Blackberry. Mure. Jezyna. Mure but I think that is just saying Blackberry in anther language. Sounds a bit like this one although it says height 3 - 5 mtrs so I would need to keep it cut back. Wish son and OH would wait till I'm with them before buying plant's then I could ask on here for advise.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,559
    Thanks @Lyn  - I cut the stems back to the ground when I planted it (so it may have been the previous year I bought it...) and it sent up shoots about 4ft last year, so hoping for some berries later in the year.

    @Dee73 I think you're right - all those words are Blackberry in different languages - good luck :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    Lyn, so I should cut it back to the ground when? around Sept/Oct this year or early spring next year? The label says when it reaches around 2 mtrs to prune the top. 2 mtrs will be plenty high enough it will like yours go on a trellis. I expect the other sizes are if you just let it do what it wants.

  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    Thanks Pete.8 off to build a trellis.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,944
    Cut it back to the ground after you’ve picked the fruits on that stem.
    maybe I should stop mine then, I’m going have a wander up and have a look😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,944
    Not sure if you can pick it out from all the rubbish around there, nothing posh here! 
    But it’s the red stems on the trellis, it’s wrapped around and now disappearing above the photo, you can maybe trace from the base of it. It probably does well here because of our acid soil, the wild ones grow for miles in the field and trail through my flower borders.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    Yes got it gosh that has grown well, thought that was your fruit bed till I clicked and got a closer look. We're not posh either, if you could see my veg patch it's no where near ready. I wish we had more space, I keep taking a bit here and a bit there from OH lawn so far been lucky he's not noticed.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,944
    There’s some raspberries in there and 3 blue berries, some parsley plants a tray of water for the hedgehogs and loads of trays to keep the cat off. Other than that, I haven’t got round to weeding it yet. 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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