blackberry 'Loch Tay'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Other features: deliciously sweet and juicy fruit (late July to the end of August)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Bred at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, 'Loch Tay' produces an earlier, sweeter crop than 'Loch Ness'. The canes are thornless and semi-erect, so will need minimal support, and they produce a crop of medium-sized berries from late July down south and in warm, sheltered gardens, or mid August in more exposed locations.
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure and then plant at 2m intervals. 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.