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Blackberry Lock Ness

Rubus fruticosus 'Loch Ness'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

5a-9b

USDA zone

-29°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

50cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Fruits ripen in autumn. Pick fruits regularly keeping the central plug within the fruit.

Blackberry Lock Ness Overview

The 'Loch Ness' blackberry is a high yielding, thorn-free bush that can produce up to 3.6kg of large, firm, glossy blackberries from autumn to early winter. They can be grown in a large pot in the sun or trained against a wall or fence.

Common problems with Blackberry Lock Ness

Good general resistance to disease. Pests: Aphids, leafhoppers, raspberry beetle and gall mites.

Blackberry Lock Ness Companion Plants

How to propagate Blackberry Lock Ness

Seed

Stratify seeds in the first year. Sow seeds shallowly. Keep seeds moist and plant out in Spring.

Layering

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.

Cuttings

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

Suckers can be removed from the parent plant and replanted.

Division

Alternatively, R.odoratus may be increased by division and R.'Benenden' and R.ulmifolius 'Bellidiflorus' by layering in spring. You can also propagate by root division in winter.

Special features of Blackberry Lock Ness

Pot plant

Can be grown in a large container in the sun.

Autumn colour

The leaves turn rich shades of deep red before falling.

Other uses of Blackberry Lock Ness

Culinary

Edible

The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.

Medicinal