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Prime-Ark® Freedom Primocane Blackberry

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Description

Harvest berries with ease from thornless, upright canes. Primocanes fruit first, followed by a second crop on older canes. Fruit is large, firm, and sweet. Excellent choice for home gardening or farmer’s markets. Disease-resistant to rust. Everbearing primocane. Early season. Drought tolerant. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July until frost. Self-pollinating. May be covered by patent (U.S.P.P. application filed). APF-153T cultivar.

Characteristics

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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
We have Primocane Blackberries from Stark Brothers already and they do wonderfully.
JOHN H on Aug 26, 2016
I ordered some of these last fall and planted them 2 days before a freak hard freeze ... This spring I was amazed that two of the plants actually survived and figured it would be difficult to find a berry more frost hardy :)
John D on Apr 16, 2016
We have Primocane Blackberries from Stark Brothers already and they do wonderfully.
JOHN H on Aug 26, 2016
Already have one I purchased from Stark two years ago, it's a great Blackberry variety to have. Canes are nice and erect, no thorns, and large berries...Awesome choice.
MoBe on Apr 30, 2016
I ordered some of these last fall and planted them 2 days before a freak hard freeze ... This spring I was amazed that two of the plants actually survived and figured it would be difficult to find a berry more frost hardy :)
John D on Apr 16, 2016
Primocane blackberries were recommended by P. Allen Smith on PBS!
Diane G on Apr 1, 2016
Bears on primocane
James T on Mar 26, 2016
I was looking to add a (hopefully) sweeter variety and an improved harvest with the primocane variety. I have had triple crown (from another company) that produces well and is great in pies and jams, but has a very short window of sweet enough to eat and being over ripe.
BRIAN R on Mar 25, 2016
Grows erect for easier picking and pruning. Thornless, Big Plus.
NANETTE M on Mar 15, 2016
I have various varieties of Blackberries. Winters or rabbits have killed them back to the ground almost every winter. Primocane means that even if that happens, I still get fruit. The price has finally come down enough to try them out.
dan s on Mar 15, 2016
Because they produce on old and new canes
Andrea W on Mar 14, 2016
I love blackberries and I also love birds so I will put bird netting over these till I get what I want and then the birds can have the rest.
Amy M on Mar 1, 2016
i like to grow my food
valerie g b on Feb 29, 2016
1. They are thornless. I have the PrimeArk thorny ones. Love the berries, so these should be just as good. I have Grandchildren, and they will appreciate no thorns. 2. They can be pruned like my raspberries. Great!
Mary H on Feb 17, 2016
Already have one I purchased from Stark two years ago, it's a great Blackberry variety to have. Canes are nice and erect, no thorns, and large berries...Awesome choice.
MoBe on Apr 30, 2016
Primocane blackberries were recommended by P. Allen Smith on PBS!
Diane G on Apr 1, 2016
Are seeds large or small ?
Johnb on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say that the seeds are of average size for a blackberry. However, the blackberries themselves are very large, juicy and sweet. I planted mine in April 2015 and by September it was 5' tall and 3' wide. Some berries grew 1.75" long. And all on the primo canes with no thorns. Truly an amazing variety!
How do you prune the freedom thornless blackberry plants during the season and at the end of the season? And, how do you know which canes to prune?
Bill R on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is our second year. We cut out last years growth after they are finished producing berries. We have pruned the top of our canes at about 6 ft. to encourage them to branch.
We are still learning, we need to do research ourselves.
We are impressed with the floricane productivity!! (second year cane)
This is my second year having these beautiful plants. I have very large new growth coming up. I'm afraid they are suckers. Should these be pruned back?
Tynette D on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Tynette, the new growth wouldn't be "suckers" unless the plants have shoots grafted onto different root stock - which I don;t think they are. So the new shoots should all produce potentially fruit (with this variety they will on first year growth) - that being said blackberries can be extremely vigorous, so personally I would either trim off shoots you don't want (but certainly not all of them) or train them up or along a structure of some kind.
Cheers, Andy M.

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PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberry
we are happy with them, we put them out last spring, had a few berries last fall. They are now loaded with berries on last years growth and still blooming. There is also lots of new growth/shoots so we should have a few berries on some of them later in the season. Over all we are very pleased with Stark Brothers, product and service.
April 30, 2016
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1 year ago
PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberry
They were great transplants. unfortunately, the deer killed them.
Trying again with barrier.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
PrimeArk Freedom Primocane review
I ordered and received 12 plants. After planting them 2 plants died.
From the plants that survived we have had a bumper crop. These are the
best and largest blackberries I have ever seen and the best part of them-
no thorns. We have raised berries as a hobby for over 50 years and these
are by far the best blackberries ever. I would recommend them to anybody
that likes blackberries.
May 16, 2016
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1 year ago
PrimeArk
I didn't get to plant these in their permanent bed yet, but I planted them in 10 inch pots and they had berries the first spring after I bought them. These berries are big and delicious. After I get my berry bed finished I want to buy more of these black berries. Thank you for such good plants
May 17, 2016
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1 year ago
Prolific bushes
They are growing like crazy! The primary canes are thick and the leaves are dark green and luscious. One is 5 ft tall. I expect to prune it to 4 ft. soon. Also some smaller canes coming up on the sides. No berries anticipated this year, but look out next year! I planted them in a mixture of about 1/6 composted manure, 1/3 peat compost, 1/6 sand, 1/6 sphagnum moss, 1/6 existing clay soil with about a 1/2 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer mixed in for each plant.
August 7, 2016
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1 year ago
nice big berries
The berries are at least one inch long and new canes grow abundantly often 6-8 feet tall. They continue to spread giving me a better field of berries.
August 7, 2016
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1 year ago
PrimeArk Blackberry
The plants came in very healthy. They are growing well and starting to bloom already. Looking forward to some good berries.
May 19, 2016
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1 year ago
PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberry
I am looking forward too our second harvest since the plants are now mature. The initial harvest was small but the fruits were quite large and hardy. They were sweet/tart and I love them.
May 18, 2016
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1 year ago
Healthy plants, tasty fruit!
The PrimArk Freedom berries survived the winter in eastern NC without even losing their leaves. The first year canes are recumbent on the ground but the second year canes are upright. I will stake them in the future because 2 canes broke off in a wind storm this spring. I think it made one berry in the first fall. This spring it is loaded with berries even though I never saw a bee on the flowers. Yesterday we tasted the first two ripe berries and were pleased that, compared to other blackberries I have tried, they are not bitter. Can't wait to check them for more ripe berries today!
May 18, 2016
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1 year ago
Tasty Berries
Ordered 6 plants last year and they did great the first year. even had some berries that were huge and very tasty, but this spring only one started again. contacted starks and they were great to refund for the plants. Would of liked to get replacements but they were out of stock and also after reviewing more about the berries they were for zone 5 not 4 were I am so it is more my fault for ordering these for the wrong zone even though starks made the refund. They are great berries and I wish they would grow in my zone because they really are good berries
May 13, 2016
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1 year ago
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