I have in the yard of my new house a plant that I've been told might be
a black berry bush, fast growing thorny vines and plain green leaves.
But there are no berries. If it is such a plant, is there something I
can or should do to help it sprout berries? It's been 5 months now, and
of course the season is probably over now, but I'm wondering why there
were no berries all summer. Could it be something else?
Where I live, there are blackberry bushes all over. They are a major
weed. It sounds like they're rare where you are, since you aren't sure
what they look like.
Did your's flower? I don't know if they are self-pollinating or not,
I'm too busy trying to rip them out. I have some that try to grow in
the woods by my house every year. They get started and then the leaves
appear on the trees and they don't have enough sunlight to do much of
anything. How much light are yours getting?
On 6 Oct 2006 19:41:41 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
It could be something else, but if it is blackberry,
I believe blackberry fruits on old canes. If it was cut back last
year it will produce fruit next year, unless you cut off all the old
canes again this year.
:) I have in the yard of my new house a plant that I've been told might be
:) a black berry bush, fast growing thorny vines and plain green leaves.
:) But there are no berries. If it is such a plant, is there something I
:) can or should do to help it sprout berries? It's been 5 months now, and
:) of course the season is probably over now, but I'm wondering why there
:) were no berries all summer. Could it be something else?
The next years berries will develop on this years growth. Flowering in
the Spring ripening around Mother's Day. After fruit time next year,
lightly prune then feed it to stimulate new plant growth.
If it is the Himalayan variety get rid of it as soon as possible. Usually
the only way to kill them is roundup in mid July.
They are a major invasive weed. You are better off buying blackberries in
the grocery store. If you nuture it, the plant will spread and pop up in
the most unlikely and unwanted places. It is proably the most obnoxious
plant on the planet.
I dug some up and planted them in a row. I put up some fencing for them to
cling to. Then I ran some soaker hose along the row. I put down some tick
graduals to keep from having problems with ticks and chiggers. Then My wife
mowed 20 ft on each side of the row to keep the weeds and volunteer
blackberries under control. We started getting flowers she second year, and
picked from the end of June through July. That is when I got tired of
messing with them and letting the birds and bugs have the rest. I had
picked and canned 10 gallons, given away 3 gallons and sold 2 more. All
this was from 17 plants.
My advice - GET RID OF IT before it takes over! Just spent 6 hours cutting
them back in a small part of my dad's yard - then there's the 500' driveway
with them lining it, plus the bottom 2 acres. The blackberry is a smart
plant - it sends long shoots over everything and down to the ground where
the end starts its own root system. Do not encourage blackberries!
Well I decided to get rid of it, but I coulnd't get all the roots...I
dug a ways down and just ended up cutting what I could see and burying
what was left...I hope it won't come back.
Cathy Boer wrote:
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