Fruits ripen in autumn. Pick fruits regularly keeping the central plug within the fruit.
Blackberry 'Loch 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 'Loch Ness'
Good general resistance to disease. Pests: Aphids, leafhoppers, raspberry beetle and gall mites.
Blackberry 'Loch Ness' Companion Plants
How to propagate Blackberry 'Loch Ness'
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.
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 'Loch Ness'
Can be grown in a large container in the sun.
The leaves turn rich shades of deep red before falling.
Other uses of Blackberry 'Loch Ness'
The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.