Allow a width of 8′ for the average Blackberry. Some newer compact varieties can be planted closer (4′) and even in pots and as self supporting. If this sounds more suitable for your requirements look at Waldo or Loch Ness
Blackberries are also ideal for training against walls, fences, sheds etc, and will provide a very useful crop on sunless walls where few other fruits will grow. Thornless varieties plant 8′ apart, thorny varieties plant 10′ apart. Himalayan Giant 15′ apart. Loch Ness 3′ apart.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF OUR BLACKBERRIES ARE VERY HIGH QUALITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR GOLD HEALTH STANDARD AND GUARANTEE AND NOT JUST ROOTED TIPS!
An early fruiting spine free blackberry with vigorous growth and superb fruit quality Adrienne usually starts to ripen a week after Silvan and a week before Waldo. In Southern England this is usually early July. The fruits are large, rather similar to Silvan, and are firm, long and conical. They have a bright and attractive appearance and the juicy fruits have a truly excellent flavour. Cropping potential is very high with the strong canes that are vigorous for a thornless variety. The fruit is well displayed to make picking easy from the short, stout, fruiting laterals. Bred by Medway Fruits, Adrienne is a hybrid between Silvan and an un-named seedling. If you require more vigorous cane growth than Waldo supplies then this is the variety for you.
Raised by Long Ashton Research Station. A very heavy cropping blackberry with the real blackberry flavour. The fruits are medium sized, bright attractive and borne in heavy clusters. Juicy fruits hang in abundance with the real wild blackberry flavour. Superb for freezing, pies, desserts, jams and all purposes. Ashton Cross has given exceptionally heavy yields of quality fruit at the National Fruit trials over a 5 year period and has cropped at 50% more than Bedford Giant, the standard heaviest cropping variety. The fruits are normally ripe the first week in August and continue until the end of September giving an 8 week picking period from the vigorous canes. Ashton Cross was selected from a collection of wild blackberries at Long Ashton Research Station and a virus tested clone was prepared by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Our stocks are propagated from this initial release of FOUNDATION MEDANA STOCK. Very popular.
This marvellous variety was raised by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Loch Ness is a breakthrough in blackberry research and has a different type of growth to the standard varieties. The canes are vigorous, spine free, semi erect and very easy to manage. This new type of growth is ideal for the smaller garden where Loch Ness can be grown against a single post or even in a row of raspberries. The fruits are very large for a blackberry (4g) have a good colour and a lovely flavour. Picking is very easy from the thornless upright canes. Loch Ness crops from mid-late August to mid-late September. Plant just 3' apart. A superb new compactvariety and a must for gardens everywhere. Highly recommended. The ideal variety to follow Waldo.
Raised at the John Innes Institute, Compact grower, completely thornless, the large fruits are beautifully flavoured, often 1'' in diameter, with the real blackberry taste. Season August/September. Compact growth makes this variety ideal for the small garden, a very generous cropper.
Early crop of large, sweet, juicy berries, season late July and August. Prickly but recommended, superb for freezing and all other purposes. Crops well under all conditions, giving an exceptional yield of quality fruit. The round bright black fruits hang in large clusters, making picking easy.
The canes are completely thornless and its main advantage is that it ripens earlier than the other thornless varieties. The fruits are bright, juicy and attractive and provide an excellent crop, excels in a sunny position.
Cropping late to extend the season the fruits are produced to cover a long picking season, the yield is exceptionally heavy equal to Silvan and Waldo. The quality of the fruit is superb and they have a sweeter flavour than most blackberries. Cane growth is semi erect with the advantage that less space is required. A real exhibition quality variety with a very remarkable flavour. Suitable for all purposes.
A welcome addition to our lists, in trials Helen has provided good sized fruits of firm attractive appearance which ripen very early in late July. The flavour has been rated as Very Good, and this in commercial trials, not normally too bothered with the flavour of a new variety, so it must be impressive. The growth is completely thorn-free and, although early indications are that it is not as compact as Waldo and Loch Ness, it is certainly far less vigorous than most blackberries and a planting distance of 5-6ft should certainly be adequate. With its fine fruit quality, natural earliness, excellent flavour and compact growth habit, Helen is an attractive addition to the range of Garden Worthy Blackberries.Recommended
A very heavy crop of medium sized fruit from late August to October. Very vigorous, very prickly. Suitable for barrier or windbreak. Not a variety for general garden use, but suitable where sufficient room is available. 20-301b fruit per plant is normal. Derived from the wild European form of Rubus Procerus.