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Description

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.

Characteristics

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Need deer resistant shrubs. The reviews convinced me
JUDITH C on May 24, 2016
Because they are huge. Wanted some blackberries to join the rest of the fruit.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
Need deer resistant shrubs. The reviews convinced me
JUDITH C on May 24, 2016
Size gotta see this
Jonathan P on May 23, 2016
Because they are huge. Wanted some blackberries to join the rest of the fruit.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
Because of the novelty. I have a lot of blackberries but this one seems like fun.
Bryan P on May 17, 2016
Size and production
John S on May 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
Size
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
Size gotta see this
Jonathan P on May 23, 2016
Because of the novelty. I have a lot of blackberries but this one seems like fun.
Bryan P on May 17, 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.
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......
The description says "thorny variety", yet mine has no thorns.... Did I get sent the wrong variety by accident?
Christina H on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I can't guarantee that you got the correct plants or not but mine had very tiny thorns and as the plant got bigger the thorns do too, give it time they may appear as the plant grows, mine were so thorny I got rid of them, but the fruit was good.
Our first year kiowas taste bitter... Have we done something wrong? Why would they taste terribly bitter?
John W on Jun 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: John,
If they're picked too early or harvested before feeling somewhat soft, they can be quite tart.
We have many Kiowa Blackberries and where we are (Arizona), they took a little
longer to get established.
As long as they're in good soil, getting plenty of water they should do great. We fertilize ours during the growing season so maybe wait until next season and you might be surprised at how great tasting they are. Good Luck!
can I grow black berry under a young maple tree?
Lee C on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't try this, the maple will shade the blackberry too much, the vines will grow but not produce fruit like you would like to have!
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.
Developing berries look small?
Joe S on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No about as big around as a quarter inch too two inch long

Customer Reviews

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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
Purchased
10 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
Purchased
10 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
Love these Kiowa berries
In the first season, the bushes grew and developed. Second season, the berries are starting to friuit nicely. The berries are huge as pictured. This season looks to be a nice harvest.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
HUGE BERRIES!!!!
I purchased 6 Kiowa Blackberries 2 years ago and got several quarts of Berries last year. The main reason I purchased them is because they are supposed to ripen in June. This gets them out ahead of the onslaught off Spotted Wing Drosophila flies which start getting bad towards the end of July. They need to be pruned properly to ripen in June. They do have thorns but I can put up with those. The berries are AMAZINGLY HUGE!!!
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Planted Fall 2015
Ordered and Planted 18 Kiowa Blackberry plants this past Fall 2015. The plants arrived extremely well packed and looked most wonderful.
Spring 2016, 13 out of 18 of the Kiowa Blackberry Plants woke up with a bang and really took off nicely. The plants jumped to about 16 inches as of today and have pinkish white bloom upon them. One even already has a berry forming upon it so quickly.
I was talking to Stark Bro.s and upon them learning that 5 of the Kiowa Berry Plants did not wake up this past Spring 2016; Stark Bro.s sent me replacements.
Wonderful Company with Excellent Customer Service.
I ordered and planted many trees and berry plants last Fall 2015, and have plans on ordered many more to plant upon a newly cleared lot of land I just opened up.
April 30, 2016
Quality exceeded
Planted these last year, now the start of the second year.have come up very strong and a lot of the blooms very good product highly recommend
May 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Kiowa Blackberries
They are very large and delicious. I would only plant this variety.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Kiowa blackberries from Stark Bros.
Kiowa blackberries from Stark Bros. have proven to be exceptionally vigorous and hearty while growing prodigious amounts of the tart, juicy berries.
The second year plants produce long canes which wrap easily around wire stringers that make berry picking easy and fun.
They grow in clumps of four to five berries, many growing over one inch, some growing to two inches.
The bushes have a life cycle of five to six years.
On a side note, Stark Bros. ships the berry plants in specially designed containers which protect them well.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Giants
The few fruit I received in year one were monsters. Blooming like crazy this Spring
May 14, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago