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Apache Thornless Blackberry Bush

 
$35.00
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  • Our Best Selling Blackberry Bush!
  • The super-sized, super flavorful, super safe thornless Blackberry, not only packed with sweet-savory flavor but is perfect for families kids who want to dive in and pick fresh fruit without the worry of scratches from thorns.
  • Apache is a full-flavored berry that is mouthwateringly sweet with a hint of tartness to round it out.
  • Thornless Blackberries.
  • They have reddish-black, juicy, large, plump fruit.
  • Wonderful to harvest in the home garden.
  • Erect 5'-8' canes full of large fruit.
  • Self-pollinating.
  • Flowers in early spring and harvests in early summer.
  • Fruits on second-year canes.
  • USDA Zones 5-9. 

 

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  • We can ship our "Other Edibles" (non-citrus plants) and growing accessories to most states, including Alabama, Texas, Arizona or Florida. 

  • Sorry, we do not ship any items to the US Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico or to API/APO addresses, or to other countries at this time.
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    Bush measures 6"+ tall. It arrives in a 2-gallon pot.

     


    How to Grow

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    Location

    All the Cane Berries are shallow-rooted and will fill a space 3 to 4 feet wide. Beds should be at least that wide and 1 to 2 feet deep. If soil does not drain well, use raised beds. Note that some varieties will grow erect canes while others grow trailing canes that should be trained on a trellis of some sort to keep them in check.

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    Planting

    Plant caneberries in the ground in rows or containers, space plants 3' apart. For best results, plant berries in full sun (or afternoon shade in hot climates) in rich, well-drained soil using a trellis or fence for support. Most are everbearing, producing 2 crops per year: the heaviest crop in the fall and a lighter crop in June. Prune out and remove older canes during the dormant season (after the second crop) or to control size.

    All the Cane Berries are shallow-rooted and will fill a space 3 to 4 feet wide. Beds should be at least that wide and 1 to 2 feet deep. If soil does not drain well, use raised beds.

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    Watering

    How often to water will vary on the environment and depends on soil porosity, tree size, and temperature. Cane Berries like moist but not overly wet soil. Soil type will dictate water use. Irrigate with soaker hoses or drip lines rather than overhead watering because it can cause fruit rot and other fungal issues. Be sure to adjust based on weather conditions.

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    Fertilizing

    If the leaf color is good and the plants are growing and fruiting well, it is not necessary to fertilize. If fertilizer is needed, rake back mulch, spread fertilizer on top of the soil, and recover with mulch. In early spring or at first, bloom, apply a 20-20-20 formula at a rate of 4 lbs per l00 ft of row. Organic fertilizers such as blood meal, cottonseed meal, fish meal, or alfalfa meal are alternative applications.

    Amend soil with well-composted organic matter. If under composted material is used such as leaves or manure, do not plant for 2 months to allow it to break down. Buried pockets of organic matter may become toxic to roots. Mulching with organic matter is a good option.

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    Pruning

    Blackberries: After the summer harvest, the old canes that fruited are cut back to the ground. Leave 5 to 8 new canes per plant and all the other new canes are cut back to the ground. In the winter, cut the new canes back to 5 to 6 ft long and spread them across the trellis. Side branches can be cut back to 12 inches. In spring and summer, watch for thorny “suckers” and cut them off at the ground level.

    Raspberries: Hoe-out canes that extend into pathways. After the late spring harvest, remove the old fruiting canes, select, and tie the strongest well-spaced new canes (8-12 per plant) to the trellis wire, and cut off the remaining canes at the ground level.

    Everbearing varieties bear mostly on the current season's growth in the fall (from September through November), so they are usually completely cut back to the ground each winter. If a small June crop is desired, the canes are instead cut below the autumn fruiting region rather than cutting the entire cane back to the ground. Summer bearing varieties bear fruit in June on over-wintered canes while new vegetative shoots grow from the ground to become the next year's fruiting canes. No canes are removed in winter (except for weak, damaged, or broken canes) Instead the canes are shortened to 6 ft. All fruiting canes are cut back to the ground after harvest allowing new canes to grow.

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