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Kiowa Blackberry

Available Spring 2017

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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 berries. 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.

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I picked this plant because of the size of the fruit.
Mary C on Jul 31, 2016
Size gotta see this
Jonathan P on May 23, 2016
I picked this plant because of the size of the fruit.
Mary C on Jul 31, 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
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
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 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......
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
Is this a vine or dose it grow canes like other raspberries?
Rene B on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Kiowa is a summer-bearing floricane vs. a trailing vine. The fruit is enormous!
Do you Carry a torn less Kiowa blackberry?
Beverly B on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Kiowa, by nature, has thorns. A similar blackberry that doesn't have thorns is Ouachita, which you can investigate here:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/berry-plants/blackberry-plants/ouachita-thornless-blackberry
I JUST PLANTED MY KIOWA BLACK BERRY'S ,DO I PUT A LIGHT DUSTING OF PLANT FOOD ? . ALSO HOW LONG DOSE IT TAKE FOR THEM TO CANE OUT AT 5 FEET TALL
CHRIS S on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The key is "light dusting." Don't overfertilize. Just a little 10-10-10, or better yet, we have a fertilizer formula made just for blackberries:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/soil-additives/stark-blackberry-and-bramble-fertilizer

It's hard to say when your canes will reach 5'. It depends a great deal upon your soil, what you feed it, how much sun it gets, etc. They could get that tall in a year.

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
1 year 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
1 year 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
Delicious and vigorous grower
I planted it in December and the very next spring saw a few berries. I didn't realize how much it would grow, planted them too close to each other. Vines were 20 feet long, so they need to be trellised. This year (2nd season) they are loaded with huge berries (mid May). The only bad thing about this plant is that it's extremely thorny. I'm planning on using them along a fence in hopes thorns will keep some animals away.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
over 2 years 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
Kiowa Blackberries
The berries are wonderful. They are huge! They freeze very well, just wash them and freeze in zip lock bag and they are ready to take out to make either jam or blackberry cobbler at any time. I am very pleased!
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
KIOWA - The best Blackberries you can grow
I purchased my Kiowa Blackberries from Stark Brothers a few years ago. Everyone who sees the huge berries asks two questions : Where did you get them and How do they taste? I tell them that I bought them From Stark Brothers via Mail Order and then, I hand them a couple of berries to taste! Without exception, they all make the same comments as to how Huge they are and How sweet and delicious tasting they are! The canes are sturdy and prolific in bearing; And I prune out the last-year bearing canes each Spring to keep the area neat and easier to pick these luscious berries ! If you are going to plant just one cultivar of Blackberries, I urge you to get the Kiowa from Stark Brothers!
August 21, 2016
Large berries
I planted these last year. I bought 3 plants, They were three different sizes. A large one, a medium sized one and a small one. The large one had 6 berries the first year. This is the second year and they have grown quite a bit and have lots of berries. They also have large thorns. They produce good sized berries. If they keep growing like the first year, I will have a good sized berry patch. I am pleased with my purchase.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
1 year 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
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