Taming the Thornless Blackberry
Although there were a few berries left on our Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry, it was time to tame the wild growth. Like other brambles, this plant grows new canes that will bear fruit next season even as last year’s growth is bearing berries this summer. And this over-achiever plant grows long, strong canes. So at this point in the season as the bearing stems are winding down we are also dealing with twelve foot long canes that will bear next year.
So today we cut away most of this year’s growth and picked all the remaining ripe berries off. Then it was time to pin up the new stems against the building so that are secure for the rest of the fall and into the winter. Note to those who might be interested in growing this blackberry: plant it next to a very large, sturdy arbor, trellis or building. I’m talking at least 15 feet of support at a minimum for this bramble!
The Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry produces fruit for at least five weeks. It also grows well in part shade, making it a great vine alternative for large arbors or lath houses. It is not a plant that you can install and forget, however. Count on spending a few hours on support and pruning. Given that attention, you’ll have a large crop of tasty fruit in the late summer.
In the garden and in life, we might need to remove the old and spend time channeling the new in proper directions in order to insure a good harvest.