blackberry 'Loch Ness' (PBR)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Other features: medium-sized, juicy fruit from mid August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This high yielding, thornless bush can produce up to 3.6kg of large, firm and glossy blackberries from mid August until the first frosts. It is such a super-producer, that it is now the number one variety used by commercial growers. Grow it in a large pot on a sunny patio, or train it against a sunny wall or fence and enjoy a long-lasting supply of delicious fruit.
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure. Space at 1.8m intervals and once planted, shorten the canes to about 23cm (9in). Each spring, mulch well with well-rotted manure. Plants flower on one-year-old wood, so the new canes need to be separated from fruiting ones. After cropping, cut the fruiting canes down to the ground and tie in the new ones that have grown that year.
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Q:Vegetable suggestions for a shady veg. garden!
Hello I have raised beds for veggies in my new garden. One bed gets sun most of the day whilst the other gets only a little sunshine .Could you please help with a list of fruit and veg to grow in each of them. Many thanksAsked on 4/7/2010 by Judith
A:Hello There, I'm afraid you will have trouble getting a bumper yield of any of the edible crops if the bed receives little sun, as most of them need full sun. Ones that tolerate some shade include radish, potato, borage, horseradish, blueberry, blackberry and tayberry - all the others will flourish in the sun. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/8/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I plant Blackberry and Raspberry canes in November?
Can you help please? Should the Blackberry and Raspberry canes be planted out now in November? Thank youAsked on 12/7/2009 by K Win
A:Hello There, They should go in the ground as soon as possible, but avoid planting during periods when the soil is either frozen or waterlogged. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I grow a blackberry in a container?
Hello Can you tell me if the Blackberry 'Oregon Thornless' you have for sale is suitable to grow in a container. Many thanksAsked on 10/14/2009 by patty
A:Hello There, This will grow in a container, but it would need to be a really big one and you will need to make sure it is kept well fed and watered. A better blackberry however would be Loch Ness as it is more compact. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fruit/bush/blackberry/kitchengarden/fruit-and-berries/cane-fruit/blackberry-loch-ness/classid.1885/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/15/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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