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Bushel and Berry™ Baby Cakes™ Blackberry

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Thornless and easy to grow! Enjoy large, sweet berries from compact, upright plants. Decorative and edible, this dwarf blackberry plant will even liven up your patio or entryway. Grows well in containers! Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in July. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Self-pollinating. May be covered by patent (U.S.P.P. application filed). APF-236T cultivar


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid Summer
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.5
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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 3 - 4' 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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Wife wanted it for mothers day
Chevonne K on May 4, 2018
I love blackberries and don't have the space for full size bushes
Marie N on Apr 24, 2018
Wife wanted it for mothers day
Chevonne K on May 4, 2018
Live in a condo and have limited space and can only do potted plants
Tamara H on Apr 30, 2018
I love blackberries and don't have the space for full size bushes
Marie N on Apr 24, 2018
Was looking for a shorter plant...this one caps at 4ft.
Samantha M on May 15, 2017
We love blackberries and being able to have them in planters will allow me to get them the proper light for growth
Trudy J on Apr 24, 2017
I love blackberries and these were available for my zone 4
Sarah R on Mar 25, 2017
Compact size, I hope to grow it on my patio
Dennis Staff on Mar 6, 2017
Live in a condo and have limited space and can only do potted plants
Tamara H on Apr 30, 2018
Was looking for a shorter plant...this one caps at 4ft.
Samantha M on May 15, 2017
Can you grow bushel and berry blackberry near raspberries?
Sharon L on Mar 17, 2017
How do you winter them in containers so they don't freeze out? I like the idea of using planters to contain them.
Pamela B on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I purchased and planted this blackberry in a large container on my deck with a south eastern exposure in northern Idaho in the spring of 2017. Since the container is too large to move through the house into the garage, I left it on the deck. I wrapped the container with a silver faced rolled insulation blanket, placed a thick layer of pine needles on top of the soil and covered the plant with the white garden row covering fabric. To my pleasant surprise the blackberry survived just fine. Not only is it growing, but there are several new shoots coming up in the container.
The 2-gallon plant comes staked to a bamboo teepee. Do we remove this or does it continue to require staking?
Lydia B on May 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is a naturally dwarf bush-type plant that does not require staking.
What size planter is needed to grow this in a container?
Careg L on Feb 2, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: They will arrive in a quart-size pot. Start off by transplanting this to a 2-5 gallon container, and then when the plant outgrows that, you can "pot up" to a 16-20" container.
I want to plant these blackberries in their own 3x3 raised bed. Does anyone know - since this is a compact bush- 1) how deep the roots go into the ground, and 2) if these specific blackberries have an aggressive root/runner system? I am trying to figure out if I need to put some sort of barrier in place so the bush doesn???t outgrown the raised bed.
Christina on Mar 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This blackberry variety does not have the rambling root system and "sucker punch" annoyance of traditional blackberry varieties. It is meant to be compact. It does throw up suckers, but there will be fewer of them because of the variety's nature. Just trim them off below the soil surface.
Will this Bushel Berry produce fruit the first year?
Taylor V on Apr 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You may get a few berries, but it's really better to pinch off those first flowers. You'll get a much nicer crop next year.
Size of pot?
Ella123 H on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This blackberry plant comes in a 1-quart pot.
Will these produce runners/suckers?
Melinda on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this variety (like most blackberries) will sucker from the crown and roots.
can these be planted in the ground?
justme507 on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, if you live in hardiness zones 4-8. If you live in a colder zone, you would be better off planting it in a container that you can move to an unheated garage or shed over the winter months.

Customer Reviews

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Perfect patio plant
Wonderful blackberry flavor on very compact plant. Going to order another!
February 22, 2018
I love Blackberries
Very nice product that I purchased last year. Which means fruit this year, and it looks like flowers are forming right now. I can't wait, blackberries on my deck, yum. Thank You
May 2, 2018
1 year ago
Zone 9
First year, but is growing very nicely and flowering. Waiting to see how it handles the AZ heat. I'll up my stars to 5 if it sets fruit!
May 4, 2018
1 year ago
Slow Growth
Plants arrived looking healthy and ready to take off; but they remained the same size until well into fall when they doubled in size. They were small to begin with so that isn't saying much. We'll see what they do this year.
May 3, 2018
1 year ago
Growing well.
Arrived too early and we had winter storm Stella and some more very cold weather.Some of the leaves died so I pinched them off. Now I see that it is starting to grow well. It came as a small plant so I will wait to see if it thrives. Since it survived some adverse conditions I've given it three stars for stamina.
May 6, 2017
1 year ago