Anyone who has grown blackberries will tell you, hands down, that these plants are easy additions to your edible landscape. If you choose to grow them yourself, it is good to know about the differences between varieties that are available. For example, look at thorns — some blackberry plants have thorns that help to protect them from unwanted snackers, while others are thornless, which makes them safer for little hands to harvest. In this article, we focus on differences in growing habits and some information about using a trellis when necessary.
Erect blackberry plants grow upright and tend to stand on their own without needing any additional support. These are ideal if you are hoping to grow these plants in containers or if you are adding them as a point of interest in your home garden.
Don’t stress out about finding the “perfect” trellis design. There’s no such thing! There are many forms a trellis can take, like an existing fence or a sturdy railing. Most blackberry plants grow to be an average of 4-5 feet tall and wide. Make sure you keep that information handy to help you design your ideal trellis system. You can usually find a trellis at your local hardware store, or make your own — it’s easier than you might think!
Our book, Pruning Made Easy, provides useful information about pruning and care for the different growing habits of blackberries. You can also find illustrations of different kinds of blackberry trellises from the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service if you want to try your hand at constructing your own!
Some other berry plants besides blackberries might also require trellises.
Our selection of trailing berry plants includes: