Bramble, Brombeere, Blackberry 'Loch Tay', Blackberry, Bramble, Shrubby Blackberry, Wild Blackberry Complex
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The blackberry is a common deciduous shrub with has large thorns, a scrambling habit and dark edible fruits. They are often regarded as a weed in many public areas due to their invasive nature. The fruits are black and sweet and are often used in jams and pies. There are several cultivars of this plant that are designed to be less invasive as well as not bearing thorns and holding more fruits.
Fruits ripen in autumn. Pick fruits regularly keeping the central plug within the fruit.
Stratify seeds in the first year. Sow seeds shallowly. Keep seeds moist and plant out in Spring.
Tip layer in late summer to early autumn. The young shoots are bent over to the ground and covered with soil and left throughout autumn and winter. In spring, cut the new plant away and replant.
Root or leafy stem cuttings can propagate effectively. Plant 10-15 cm stems in moist sand. Once rooted, plant out. Take 7-15 cm root cuttings in autumn and cold store. Plant out in Spring in same soil mix 5-7 cm apart.
Suckers can be removed from the parent plant and replanted.
They have white 5 petal flowers that are typical of the Rosaceae family.
Approximately 2.5cm long and look like small bunches of grapes.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.