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Whether prepared as jam, cake or compote - blackberries are a delicious snack that everyone can plant in the garden. For a rich harvest, however, you have to take good care of the berries.Always remove dead shoots
Blackberries are little stars among summer berries. Not only do they taste really tasty, they are also true vitamin bombs. Among all berries they have e.g. the highest provitamin A content. Blackberries also contain a lot of vitamin C. Their mineral content is also very high. The blackberry is also a medicinal plant. For example, the fruits work diuretic. The leaves, on the other hand, can help with diarrhea.
The great thing: everyone can grow blackberries. Even if you don't have a garden. It thrives in almost every location and therefore also on the balcony or terrace. So nobody has to do without the delicious little fruits. Of course, you can't just let the bramble grow without taking care of it. You have to do a lot of maintenance so that the bramble grows splendidly and bears lots of fruit.
If you don't care for the bramble at all, it will certainly not break. However, it quickly becomes unsightly because the plant overgrows. It just doesn't look nice anymore when the old rods mix with the new ones.
How to properly care for blackberries
Blackberries always bloom on the biennial branches. This means that when new young shoots form, you will get fruit next year. Then the shoots die. So in autumn always cut off the tendrils that were fruitful this year. You can also cut off the young shoots. Leave only a maximum of 10 shoots. The side shoots that form will give you enough fruit.
It is best to always guide the individual rods along a trellis or a fence. This not only makes harvesting easier, but also cutting. Basically, a trellis with individual cross struts is ideal, between which there is a distance of about 30 cm.
Blackberries regularly need water. Not only when they are freshly planted, but also later. Only if the plants get enough water will they bear a lot of fruit. So always keep the floor slightly damp, but make sure that there is no waterlogging.
A little hint:
Spread bark mulch around the plant. This prevents the floor from drying out. So it’s not bad if you forget to pour. It also prevents weeds from forming.
If you replant the blackberries, mix some manure or compost into the excavated soil. Afterwards, it is sufficient if you supply the blackberries with berry fertilizer once a year (preferably in spring). You can also spread horn shavings or compost.
In fact, blackberries do not need protection in winter. However, if a long and very cold winter is approaching, it is best to protect it with a garden fleece.
If you have planted the blackberries in buckets, it is important that you bring them into the house and spend the winter in a dry and cool room. Always wrap the tubs and plants in a garden fleece.