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Thornless blackberry
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Also known as the smooth blackberry, the thornless blackberry provides the benefits of homegrown blackberries without the thorns. New blackerry plants require 19 to 20 months of growth before bearing fruit.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

        Buy bareroot plants in the nursery or from a mail-order supplier.

    • Plant

        Plant bareroot plants in a part-sun to full-sun location next to a sturdy support on which to grow, such as a wall, fence or wire trellis. Allow the canes (vines) that grow from the bareroot plant to spread along the ground until they are eight feet long. Then cut the cane tips to stop growth and attach the vines to your trellis. These vines will grow throughout this first year, go semi-dormant next winter and then bear fruit the following summer.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy bareroot plants in the nursery or from a mail-order supplier.

    • Plant

        Plant bareroot plants in a part-sun to full-sun location next to a sturdy support on which to grow, such as a wall, fence or wire trellis. Allow the canes (vines) that grow from the bareroot plant to spread along the ground until they are eight feet long. Then cut the cane tips to stop growth and attach the vines to your trellis. These vines will grow throughout this first year, go semi-dormant next winter and then bear fruit the following summer.

  • March
    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. If no rainfall, water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Special requirements

        If you did not do so in August, attach canes that began growing a year ago to your trellis structure (wall, fence, wire trellis). These year-old canes will bear fruit this year. Allow brand new canes to sprawl along the ground until after harvest in August, at which time you prune out the canes that bore fruit and attach the new canes to the structure.

  • April
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for fruiting plants, according to package directions.

    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Mulch

        Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Special requirements

        If you did not do so in August, attach canes that began growing a year ago to your trellis structure (wall, fence, wire trellis). These year-old canes will bear fruit this year. Allow brand new canes to sprawl along the ground until after harvest in August, at which time you prune out the canes that bore fruit and attach the new canes to the structure.

  • May
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for fruiting plants, according to package directions.

    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Special requirements

        If you did not do so in August, attach canes that began growing a year ago to your trellis structure (wall, fence, wire trellis). These year-old canes will bear fruit this year. Allow brand new canes to sprawl along the ground until after harvest in August, at which time you prune out the canes that bore fruit and attach the new canes to the structure.

  • June
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once with an organic food designed for fruiting plants, according to package directions.

    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it darkens, becomes slightly soft and is sweet.

  • July
    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it darkens, becomes slightly soft and is sweet.

  • August
    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Prune

        Blackberries produce fruit on 2-year-old canes. After harvesting, cut the canes that bore fruit to the ground. Then tie the new canes in their place, and they will bear fruit next summer. Repeat yearly.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

    • Harvest

        Harvest fruit when it darkens, becomes slightly soft and is sweet.

  • September
    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

  • October
    • Water

        Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

  • November
    • December
      • Buy

          Buy bareroot plants in the nursery or from a mail-order supplier.

      • Plant

          Plant bareroot plants in a part-sun to full-sun location next to a sturdy support on which to grow, such as a wall, fence or wire trellis. Allow the canes (vines) that grow from the bareroot plant to spread along the ground until they are eight feet long. Then cut the cane tips to stop growth and attach the vines to your trellis. These vines will grow throughout this first year, go semi-dormant next winter and then bear fruit the following summer.

    • Winter
      • Spring
        • Summer
          • Fall
            • Buy

              When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Buy bareroot plants in the nursery or from a mail-order supplier.

              • February

                Buy bareroot plants in the nursery or from a mail-order supplier.

              • December

                Buy bareroot plants in the nursery or from a mail-order supplier.

            • Plant

              When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Plant bareroot plants in a part-sun to full-sun location next to a sturdy support on which to grow, such as a wall, fence or wire trellis. Allow the canes (vines) that grow from the bareroot plant to spread along the ground until they are eight feet long. Then cut the cane tips to stop growth and attach the vines to your trellis. These vines will grow throughout this first year, go semi-dormant next winter and then bear fruit the following summer.

              • February

                Plant bareroot plants in a part-sun to full-sun location next to a sturdy support on which to grow, such as a wall, fence or wire trellis. Allow the canes (vines) that grow from the bareroot plant to spread along the ground until they are eight feet long. Then cut the cane tips to stop growth and attach the vines to your trellis. These vines will grow throughout this first year, go semi-dormant next winter and then bear fruit the following summer.

              • December

                Plant bareroot plants in a part-sun to full-sun location next to a sturdy support on which to grow, such as a wall, fence or wire trellis. Allow the canes (vines) that grow from the bareroot plant to spread along the ground until they are eight feet long. Then cut the cane tips to stop growth and attach the vines to your trellis. These vines will grow throughout this first year, go semi-dormant next winter and then bear fruit the following summer.

            • Sow Seeds

              When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Fertilize

                When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • April

                  Fertilize once with an organic food designed for fruiting plants, according to package directions.

                • May

                  Fertilize once with an organic food designed for fruiting plants, according to package directions.

                • June

                  Fertilize once with an organic food designed for fruiting plants, according to package directions.

              • Water

                Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. If no rainfall, water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • April

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • May

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • June

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • July

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • August

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • September

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

                • October

                  Blackberries require adequate water to grow well and bear fruit. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the top inch of soil dries.

              • Prune

                When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • August

                  Blackberries produce fruit on 2-year-old canes. After harvesting, cut the canes that bore fruit to the ground. Then tie the new canes in their place, and they will bear fruit next summer. Repeat yearly.

              • Mulch

                Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • April

                  Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

                • May

                  Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

                • June

                  Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

                • July

                  Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

                • August

                  Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

                • September

                  Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

                • October

                  Maintain a 2-inch layer of shredded bark.

              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Pest/Disease Inspection

                  What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Treat for Pest/Disease

                    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Transplant

                      When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Propagate

                        When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • Harvest

                          When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • June

                            Harvest fruit when it darkens, becomes slightly soft and is sweet.

                          • July

                            Harvest fruit when it darkens, becomes slightly soft and is sweet.

                          • August

                            Harvest fruit when it darkens, becomes slightly soft and is sweet.

                        • Special requirements

                          Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • March

                            If you did not do so in August, attach canes that began growing a year ago to your trellis structure (wall, fence, wire trellis). These year-old canes will bear fruit this year. Allow brand new canes to sprawl along the ground until after harvest in August, at which time you prune out the canes that bore fruit and attach the new canes to the structure.

                          • April

                            If you did not do so in August, attach canes that began growing a year ago to your trellis structure (wall, fence, wire trellis). These year-old canes will bear fruit this year. Allow brand new canes to sprawl along the ground until after harvest in August, at which time you prune out the canes that bore fruit and attach the new canes to the structure.

                          • May

                            If you did not do so in August, attach canes that began growing a year ago to your trellis structure (wall, fence, wire trellis). These year-old canes will bear fruit this year. Allow brand new canes to sprawl along the ground until after harvest in August, at which time you prune out the canes that bore fruit and attach the new canes to the structure.

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