My two previous attempts with the smaller blackberry transplants didn't work out well (they all died), but these 1 gallon transplants look much more promising. They are farther along in growth process and should work out much better (fingers crossed).
|Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry Bush from Home Depot|
|Instructions to care for the plant on the back|
|Blackberry Container #1|
|Blackberry Container #2|
I hope to grow these plants in containers, although drainage might be an issue. Blackberries don't like to be "flooded" and won't tolerate "mucky soils". These will get 6 - 7 hours of full sun each day. I'll just need to be careful about watering.
After these start growing in the pots, I'll fashion some sort of make-shift trellis to train the vines. The planting instructions say that the canes can be removed after fruiting. I know these berry plants will never be as massive in containers as they would grow in the ground, but I've seen wild black berries take over an entire fence row. In our urban setting, I want to maintain more control over their growth. Containers also add an element of portability to the bushes. If I decided I don't like them in the front yard, I can simply move them to the backyard (hopefully) :-)