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The world’s biggest blackberry — up to 3" long! This thorny variety blooms earlier and longer than others. Fruit is large enough to make fresh cobbler with just a few. Also great for juice or wine. Summer-bearing floricane. Early season. Ripens in early June. Self-pollinating. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #9861 or other patents.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow blackberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
This looks incredible! Want to try it out
Elizabeth B on Apr 25, 2016
Sharon R on Mar 17, 2016
This looks incredible! Want to try it out
Elizabeth B on Apr 25, 2016
Already have six. Nice big blackberry.
James T on Mar 26, 2016
Sharon R on Mar 17, 2016
I wanted to see how big it can get in our growing area!
Vicki J on Mar 15, 2016
My niece and nephews will think it's awesome!
Brian H on Mar 9, 2016
I planted some of these 16 years ago and was blown away at the size of the fruit. The old plants have not been doing very well these last few years, not sure if it is age, weather conditions or owner over pruning, but thought I would try planting some new ones.
Stacy H on Mar 8, 2016
Novelty of size and taste and harvest date
Danny P on Feb 29, 2016
Already have six. Nice big blackberry.
James T on Mar 26, 2016
I wanted to see how big it can get in our growing area!
Vicki J on Mar 15, 2016
can you prune the plant at say 4-5 feet & will it bare fruit. Or is it better to let bush ramble ???
bonnies on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have planted more than 100 blackberries plants of 6 different culvars, one of which is the kiowa, With all the research that I have done, I would conclude that all blackberry cultivars benefit from pruning. It forces the plant to expend more energy growing blackberries and less growing more plant. I would tip the primocanes at 4 to 5 feet, and trellis the laterals out to about 3 to 4 feet on trellis wires set at 30 and 60 inches off the ground. There are good videos on how to do this on line. good luck.
can I grow black berry under a young maple tree?
Lee C on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The maple tree may be small now but will grow to be a large treeBlackberries need full sun to be productive
Can I plant cucumbers,tomatoes,green beans etc. next to kiowa blakberries ?
Virginia C on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can, all vegetables can grow around them, you would just have to have the space for the sun to reach every thing ok. and don't let the cucumbers climb up your berry vines, as cucumbers can get a mold, which you don't want on your berries.
How far from a fence should I plant them?
den1w on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in a 2'x8'x16" concrete block containment area with no bottom because of the thorns and I did not want them to spread. I planted them under a 6' fence with the bottom about 2' off the ground. I planted them last year with 2 Cherokee and 2 Darrow. I should see plenty this year. Good luck......

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Great choice for Southeast Texas!
I planted Kiowa and Quachita(thornless) about 3 years ago. While the Ouachita is a very good plant, it does not come close to the prolific production of the Kiowa. I have 3 rows about 20 ft long with 4 plants on each row. I pick about 4 to 5 one gallon containers during peak bearing season. I fertilize twice a year with 13-13-13 once in the spring and once in early fall. One thing to note, in hot climates such as southeast Texas, you will need to prune at least twice before cold weather sets in in order to control the height of the plant.
February 24, 2016
8 months ago
Healthy looking start
Too early to see how this new plant will do, but on arrival the new baby looks good and green and ready to go. This plant arrived in November here. So we will see how the growth goes for this season!
February 25, 2016
8 months ago
Some good characteristics
In zone 8A (upper SC) I got HUGE thick canes the second year with a good amount of large, thumb-sized berries. Beautiful looking. The taste was OK (not as sweet as wild ones) fresh. In pies and sweetbreads, they work very well. Fairly seedy "crunch". VERY thorny so wear leather when you pick. (Thorns curve backward and catch and hold clothes!) Don't even try to cover to prevent bird theft; let them ride. Pick when jet black and soft.
March 13, 2016
plants not growing
the plants growing very very slowly I'll wait to see how the berries do
February 24, 2016
7 months ago
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