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How To Plant Blackberries

by Stark Bro's on 03/28/2014
Jumbo-6 pack of Blackberry Plants

Blackberry plants at Stark Bro’s are available in “Jumbo-6″ packs, containing six plants of one variety. These plants each have a dense root system, which promotes healthy, vigorous growth after planting and during the growing season. Blackberry plants are some of the most rewarding additions to an edible landscape and garden. There are no challenging tricks to planting blackberry plants and they tend to establish quickly and easily — and that translates to sooner fruit production!

When planting blackberry plants, you will need:

*Find out more about which blackberry plants to trellis.


  • Dig your planting holes at least 3 feet apart to allow for the mature spread of each blackberry plant.
  • Remove the blackberry plant from its pot and loosen the roots and soil for planting
  • Place the blackberry plant in the pre-dug planting hole and refill the soil around the roots
    • Note: the potted soil level can be used as a guide for how deep to plant your blackberry plants in the ground
  • Use your hands to tamp the soil around the roots once the blackberry is planted to remove air pockets
  • Thoroughly water the newly planted blackberry plants

Watch our video to see Elmer demonstrate how easy it is to plant blackberry plants »

Note for planting in the spring: Since our blackberry plants are grown in our greenhouses, they may arrive with tender green growth which is not accustomed to freezing weather and frost. If your area is still experiencing freezing temperatures and expecting frost when your blackberry plants arrive, then you can delay planting for several days. Another option is to acclimate the blackberry plants to the outdoors. Read about acclimating new plants and trees here. When planting in late spring, after threat of frost has passed, acclimation may not be necessary.

Note for planting in the fall: As stated above, there are ways to delay planting if you absolutely cannot plant when your blackberry plants arrive. It is risky to delay planting in the fall in many areas because the ground may become frozen, which makes it nearly impossible to plant. Blackberry plants will most likely need to be acclimated to their new environment before planting. This is highly recommended for successfully planting blackberry plants in the fall.

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  1. Tim Bengtson permalink

    I just received 18 Natchez thornless blackberry plants and have them in the ground already. They’re doing fine–thanks for your quick service!

    Question–will these plants remain thornless when propagated?


    • Great to hear your Natchez blackberries are doing well, Tim! While injury can sometimes cause canes of thornless blackberry plants to revert back to a thorned state, it’s not incredibly common, so your thornless plants should remain true to the thornlessness of the Natchez variety. If you do end up with thorned stems, for any reason, you can simply prune them out*.

      *This happened to one cane on one of my thornless loganberry plants. It was really interesting! The plant had several thornless canes and then one oddball with small red spines up the stem and undersides of the leaves. I pruned the thorned cane out and haven’t seen any thorned growth since! :)

  2. Wayne permalink

    My dear sweet wife and I planted several varieties of blackberries (actually 9 different varieties, six plants of each), some in mid April and some in mid May. The plants are doing well. We are in central Texas, a little east of Austin, and temperatures are already into the 90′s. We want to plant additional of each variety. Considering our climate, when would be the next planting opportunity?
    Our plan is to establish a “pick your own” blackberry farm. We would still like to plant an additional 216 plants this year. Are there any discounts for which we would be eligible.

    • Since your temperatures are already heating up there, I would say you should wait for the cooler temperatures this fall to signal your next planting window. 90s and above is usually a good sign that planting time is over — but people will argue this based on their preference and success, so ultimately it’s up to you!

      As for volume discounts, we do have a commercial department that might better suit your “pick your own” needs. Find information for Stark Bro’s Commercial Sales here.

  3. Wayne permalink

    Some of the blackberry varieties we have planted are patented. Can you please explain what we can and cannot do so that we do not run afoul of the patent laws.
    Of the varieties we planted, Arapaho, Chester, and Triple Crown do not show a patent number. Kiowa, Natchez, Ouachita, PrimeArk 45, Prime Jan, and Prime Jim show patent numbers. All of the numbers are different, so do some have different restrictions?
    We are trying to stay honest.

    • Plant patents work like any other patent. They essentially restrict you from propagating the variety without the permission of the patent owners (which is not Stark Bro’s). As long as you’re not doing something like propagating (planting cuttings or transplants), especially with the intent to sell the plants you grow from the patented varieties, you should be fine. I would recommend searching the patents by the given patent number for specifics if you were curious.

  4. Wayne Woelfel permalink

    Found some online info on Prime Arc Freedom thornless blackberries.
    Will ya’ll have these available in the near future?

    • There has been discussion about improving our blackberry selection, so if we do offer the new Prime Ark thornless primocane blackberries, you could see them as soon as spring 2015! :)

  5. Nell permalink

    I planted the six blackberry plants I received, but we had crazy wet and freezing weather, so I kept them in the garage for 3 days. Now it’s sunny and a little warmer, so I pulled them out. They have new growth, but also have grayish large splotches on the leaves. What is that? Thanks.

    • Without seeing what you’re describing, it’s difficult to tell. My guess is if it’s only appearing on the older leaves that were exposed to the wet freezing weather, it might be damage related to that.

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