For many allotment owners, having hands and arms shredded by brambles is their first experience of working an allotment. So you might think that blackberries are the last thing you want to be reintroducing to a plot. However, for a tricky, shadier part of an allotment, they are ideal. Modern varieties are also available with heavier yields of larger, sweeter fruit and thornless varieties make them much easier to manage. However, they do need managing - they will still grow to 3m if left unchecked and stems which touch the soil will quickly root.
You can grow them as bushes, maintaining an open centre, over arches (thornless varieties only!), or, more commonly, trained against wires against walls or stretched between two stout 1.8m posts (2.4m with 60cm in the soil). They are self-fertile so one plant is generally all that is needed.
Note: Pot-grown plants can be planted all year round.
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