blackberry 'Loch Ness'

3 litre pot £17.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy blackberry 'Loch Ness' blackberry Loch Ness: mid to late season fruits on thornless canes

This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • 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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Growing strongly


Will hopefully enjoy fresh picked fruit next year!




The plant is strong and healthy


The plant produced a lot of plant

Mrs P



Here's hoping


Very slow to get established however this year looks as if it will be better.

Roy the rover

South West England



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Blackberry Loch Ness: Planted Nov'15, my plant has just 1 large shoot which is now over 2 metres high and about 6 side shoots coming off it (mainly bottom half of the shoot). Should i have cut out the growing tip of the shoot when it was smaller so that more new canes would be sprouting? Also, this winter, do i cut back the side shoots on the large shoot - to say 5 cm? and expect plenty of fruit next year, along with more new canes? Thank you.


Hello, The side shoots should all be cut back now to around 5cm as it is mainly from the resulting fruiting spurs that the fruit will form next year. The plant will usually then send up new basal canes in the second year.


Can I train this over a metal arch?


Yello, You could, but keep in mind that the new canes need to be separated from fruiting ones (so after cropping the canes that have produced fruit can be cut to the ground while the new canes can be tied on to replace them), so it may be difficult to do this on an arch.


I am a begginer gardener, this might be a very simple question. When is the best time to plan this blackberry now... january, feb, march...??? does it matter?? will it give fruits in the first year? thank you.


Hello there As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. This blackberry is full hardy, but as we are having freezing conditions at the moment I would wait until the weather warms up. You can still keep them outside in the garden, in a sheltered place where they won't be blown over until you can plant. You might get a few blackberries in the first year. Hope this helps.

I have just received a Blackberry 'Loch Ness' which we will be growing in a pot on the terrace. Can you please recommend what size pot to plant into? Is depth more important than width? And any other tips for pot growing! Many thanks


Hello there I would go for a good sized pot, approx 40-50cm diameter pot. I hope this helps

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 thanks


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 Doctor

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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 you

K Win

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 Doctor

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