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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
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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Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Thornless, disease resistant, drought tolerant, ever bearing large flavorful berries. Why wouldn't I choose PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberries?
Mike H on Mar 13, 2017
I wanted a primocane plant
PAMELA C on Feb 25, 2017
Thornless, disease resistant, drought tolerant, ever bearing large flavorful berries. Why wouldn't I choose PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberries?
Mike H on Mar 13, 2017
There is a well-known berry farm close to use who only uses your starts. They gave us your name and the varieties they grow. PrimeArk Freedom and Triple Crown Thornless are their two main varieties. We ordered both!!
Keith H on Mar 3, 2017
I wanted a primocane plant
PAMELA C on Feb 25, 2017
My brother purchased and planted these blackberry plants from Stark Bro's and gave me a big bowl full last summer. They were the nicest blackberries I've ever eaten. I asked him where they came from and he told me Stark Bro's. I was so impressed, I decided to buy them from Stark Bro's and plant some of my own. They were sold out when I tried purchase them last summer and made available again this season, so I bought the plants. Im looking forward to having some really nice blackberries.
Twylla I on Feb 25, 2017
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
There is a well-known berry farm close to use who only uses your starts. They gave us your name and the varieties they grow. PrimeArk Freedom and Triple Crown Thornless are their two main varieties. We ordered both!!
Keith H on Mar 3, 2017
My brother purchased and planted these blackberry plants from Stark Bro's and gave me a big bowl full last summer. They were the nicest blackberries I've ever eaten. I asked him where they came from and he told me Stark Bro's. I was so impressed, I decided to buy them from Stark Bro's and plant some of my own. They were sold out when I tried purchase them last summer and made available again this season, so I bought the plants. Im looking forward to having some really nice blackberries.
Twylla I on Feb 25, 2017
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)
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!
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.
i started my plants they were only like 3 inches there about 2 ft now but winter is coming don't know what or were to keep them there still in pots help?
cindy h on Oct 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If the plants are hardy to your zone, you can let them overwinter outdoors even if they are in pots. Just be sure to keep the soil from drying out, especially when frost and below-freezing temperatures arrive. You can bring the potted plants into a protected area like an unheated basement, garage, or shed until spring weather warms if you'd prefer. Still be sure to keep the soil from drying out.

Customer Reviews

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All three plants arrived in good condition in January of 2015. They were then re-potted in compost, and moved into a cold frame. In March, they were planted out in the garden. At that time, they were about a foot high. By April, the first primocanes were five feet high, and by late May, they were flowering. The primocane crop was light, unevenly ripening throughout the summer, fall, and winter. Some berries had both unripe red and ripe black druplets. It was important to wait until the berries were fully ripe before harvesting them. Otherwise, they were sour. These blackberry plants had been planted about a mile from the ocean in Oceanside, California at an elevation of 200 feet. Lately, the winters have been warm and the summers cool. As a result, these plants retained their leaves throughout the year. The floricane crop of 2016 was harvested in April and May. It was a large crop of very large berries. Some canes broke due to the weight of the fruit even though they were tied to a wire for support. In comparison, Triple Crown blackberries were just starting to flower on their floricanes in May at this same location. This is a good indication that Prime-Ark Freedom has a lower chilling requirement. It was a pleasure working with these thornless blackberries. These three plants produced a floricane crop of 12 quarts in 2016. It was amazing to harvest so many berries of such a large size. The fruit made excellent jam.
June 14, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
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
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 2 years 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 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
HUGE berries!
Berries filled the palm of my hand. Large and sweet, made it through our zone 3 winters several ago. Pruning to maintain size is important. Had a few vines that grew 12-14 feet. Berry production better if pruned to 5-6 feet during the summer.
November 15, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Wow
I have berries here in MS already . Will definitely expand my blackberry bed and plant these again . Plants are 4 1/2 tall !!! Very impressed!
May 9, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years 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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over 2 years ago
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