Black Quachita Thornless Blackberries
The 2012 Herbfest is the first year we sold Quachita Blackberry plants, originally hybridized at the Univ. of Arkansas. Although we only had 20 plants ( 2 gallon containers, 1 year old, hardened outside entire 12 months in zone 7 climate ) we could tell this is one of the healthy eating fruits our customers want. The beauty of this plant is of course, thornless which means no major lacerations trying to pick the fruit!!! Because it's so hardy and pest free these plants blend in well in a natural growing environment free of pesticides or other chemical agents.Below is some information gleaned from Greenwood nursery on how to grow blackberry and raspberry plants as a general guide.....
Learn how to grow blackberries and raspberries.
All blackberry and raspberry plants are self-fertile and will have good fruit
production on their own. However, if a second variety is planted nearby, they will
have heavier fruit production. Upright blackberry and raspberry plants should be
planted 3 to 5 feet apart in full sun. Plant in soil with a pH level of 6.0 to 6.5 with
the crown (where the root system begins) no more than ½ inch below the
ground’s surface. Raspberry and Blackberry plants generally begin producing in
2 to 3 years. Typical fruit yield is 2 to 4 quarts per plant.
Links to recipes can be found at the bottom of this document.
Space plants at least 3 feet apart with rows about five-eight feet apart. Blackberry
plants produce fruit on second year shoots called floricanes. During that second
year’s growth when the cane is flowering and fruiting, the plant is producing new
first year shoots called primocanes. At the end of each year, prune out the
floricanes, which were the branches that flowered and fruited that season. The
next year, the previous season’s primocanes are now floricanes, and they are
flowering and fruiting and the cycle continues. As a reminder to you as which
canes flowered and fruited, tie a string or ribbon around them to know which
canes to remove at the end of that season.
Rule of thumb: If the cane/limb hasn’t flowered, DO NOT cut if off.