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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. First-year canes begin ripening in July, while second-year canes bear heaviest crops in June. Both continue to fruit until frost. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #26990 or other patents. APF-153T cultivar.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest First Year Canes July, Second Year Canes June
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.

Pollination

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have ordered these in the past and seemed to have failed. I have a few still standing but has not fruited for 2 years and for some its their 3rd season. In fairness though, I had planted them initially the year we experienced the polar vortex winter season in Chicago, Illinois. I am even surprised some survived although stunted. But I am willing to try one last time and see where it goes.
Marion T on Jul 21, 2020
For quality of fruit
Robert N on Jun 4, 2020
I have ordered these in the past and seemed to have failed. I have a few still standing but has not fruited for 2 years and for some its their 3rd season. In fairness though, I had planted them initially the year we experienced the polar vortex winter season in Chicago, Illinois. I am even surprised some survived although stunted. But I am willing to try one last time and see where it goes.
Marion T on Jul 21, 2020
You have and you ship now , they are huge and early.
Ted L on Jun 6, 2020
For quality of fruit
Robert N on Jun 4, 2020
I wanted to extend the harvest season and this looked like a good choice.
John H on Jun 4, 2020
Wanted Darrow but were not available. Will try these instead
Mary B on May 21, 2020
Evidently it is the first thornless, primocane-fruiting blackberry, and has a long fruiting season and large, very good tasting fruit.
Elizabeth K on May 20, 2020
Put up along the dog fence so the dogs don???t try to dig under the fence
Brian B on May 1, 2020
New exerience
Minnie F on Apr 30, 2020
Good reviews.
Virginia F on Apr 4, 2020
Based upon research I read and watched on YouTube from the University of Arkansas who developed this strain.
Carl H on Mar 31, 2020
Low maintenance.
Julie G on Mar 31, 2020
primocane and thornless
Charles B on Mar 30, 2020
because of the name/ variety
mark k on Mar 29, 2020
new one
mike b on Mar 28, 2020
The drought late last year got some of my plants. These are replacements
Kirby P on Mar 18, 2020
large berries and thornless
Sandra R on Mar 1, 2020
Wanted late summer and fall berries. Primocane berries from PrimeArk sound amazing with their ability to fruit in the first year of a cane, and bigger fruits the second year.
Sam L on Feb 17, 2020
Product description. Wanted popular Primocane blackberries. Looking for pollinator.
David M on Feb 3, 2020
Bears on current year's canes.
Pamela D on Jan 28, 2020
They are supposed to grow in my area
Jane S on Jan 23, 2020
I am running out of space in my back yard so since this variation grow upright and thornless maybe I could fit it in a small space.
Maya S on Jan 15, 2020
These came with good review and i thought I would try them
Gaylen E on Jan 13, 2020
Difficult decision but strictly made decision because most purchased.
Lucretia B on Dec 12, 2019
recomended
Donald H on Oct 21, 2019
Thornless; grows in (my micro-climate of) 9A; hardy; tasty; good price
John W on Oct 4, 2019
Hardy thornless variety.
Renee S on Aug 5, 2019
Based on reviews
Judy S on Jul 28, 2019
Reviews
Chris C on Jul 21, 2019
Hopeful it will do well in my zone.
Margaret L on Jun 21, 2019
Good price
Danyell K on Jun 18, 2019
Double fruiting and thornless
justin f on May 20, 2019
I live in North Texas, and have a small berry patch where i have planted 12 different black berry varieties. PrimeArk Freedom is my favorite; it's low maintenance, easy care, great taste, and high yield, are real blessings!
Homer B on May 16, 2019
Based on positive reviews
Gayle K on Apr 11, 2019
This thornless is a vigorous producer!
Darrell C on Apr 3, 2019
Sounds delicious
Shawn E on Mar 23, 2019
Replacing older Prime-Jan canes which didn't produce well. So trying a newer variety
Robert P on Mar 15, 2019
Sounded good & thornless
Lonnie M on Mar 12, 2019
Size and flavor profile of the fruit
Steve S on Mar 6, 2019
large size and primocane variety
Kim F on Feb 21, 2019
A neighbor said it was recommended by our county agent (Caswell and Orange Co. NC); they just bought 1000 plants
Pamela S on Feb 20, 2019
Hoping they will grow in Cheyenne. Love blackberries
Kayleen E on Feb 5, 2019
Lots of positive ratings, and I LOVE blackberries!
Jacob P on Nov 28, 2018
Planted 3 of these plants 2 years ago and had a lovely harvest this year.
Maria P on Oct 15, 2018
Similar to the PrimeArk 45, I liked the cold hardiness of this blackberry variety for the Colorado winters.
Charles R on Sep 22, 2018
I wanted to receive my shipment in the fall and your company has the variety and shipping dates that I was looking for.
Cindy K on Aug 26, 2018
extra large berries, and primocane for more berries per year
robert b on Aug 21, 2018
I learned of this variety a year or two ago. Now that I have moved to a house with a big backyard, this is the first blackberry I looked for. I have high expectations!
Susie C on Aug 14, 2018
I currently have 6 of these plants that just started bearing this year. I love them! The flavor is awesome, even through the drought. Nice big, juicy, tasty berries!
Lisa T on Aug 4, 2018
I read about it from a Reddit forum discussing crops, and one commenter brought up his experience with this blackberry variety.
Daniel on May 7, 2018
Self pollinating, thornless, reasonable price, prompt shipping.
Lee on May 2, 2018
You have and you ship now , they are huge and early.
Ted L on Jun 6, 2020
I wanted to extend the harvest season and this looked like a good choice.
John H on Jun 4, 2020
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: Agree with Betty S, I "tip" the primocanes (first, or new growth) to about 6 feet, just above the wire I have at 5 feet, to encourage side growth I wrap around the top wire. Some I tip at 4 feet for my 3 foot high wire, so I fill the entire growing area. Don't be afraid to prune the canes as it encourages side growth, and twice as much (that I have noticed). Do choose your stongest canes and cull out the weak ones, so that the plant will focus it's energy where you want it focused.
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: No, blackberries produce on previous years growth. Prime-ark varieties will also produce some on new growth later in the season. After last years growth is through producing it then needs to be pruned out.
Ours are now 1+ years old, last years growth is loaded with berries and still blooming. We are seeing several new healthy shoots coming up and are making us look forward to even more berries next year. hope this helps.
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!
Is it normal to have a large stalk growth out to the center of canes that is much thicker and does not have any blossoms or fruit? What do I do what them?
Ron G on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ron - I am new at growing blackberries but I do believe that the cane growing out of the center is normal; in fact, I have several. I consulted Stark Bros and learned that after the canes fruit you cut them back and then the new canes should fruit the following year. I live in a cold winter climate at 5000 ft and I covered my one plant with a black garbage bag all winter and it grew very nicely and is really doing well this Spring. Hope this helps.
is it better to get the 1 gallon plants or the jumbo cell packs? obviously i am wanting fruit sooner rather than later!
kinsey b on Feb 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Well
I would order the paks because you will have to get the plant established with the soil and first Year is light production. Get more for your money and be patient second year would be good Third best. Do the placement, mulching, and pruning otherwise it will be a waste
Can these be cut to the ground in January and February like raspberry?
Wes S on Nov 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The berries are produced on second year growth so my answer would be no as to pruning off entire canes to the ground. You would prune off canes that produced fruit that year to the ground. Prune off second year growth at approximately 4' high to force side shoot which will produce your fruit for the year. Our plants are in their second year and produced mammoth tasty berries! So recommend this variety.
Is there a large center core in the berry?
Sharon Y on Jun 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No not at all!! We are very pleased with our blackberries!!
I live in zone 7a, i did receive my blackberry plants when can i plant them?
Dottie on Mar 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We live in central Washington. This year, 2020 has been a warm spring. Make sure you acclimate your plants fully, and ensure your irrigation will be set up for watering. Finally, if you are prone to spring wind allow that to pass. This year you should be ready once those conditions are met.
IF YOU CAN'T SHIP THE ONE I ORDERED,SEND ME THE NATCHEZ FOR 22.99, OK?
karen b on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is a Q&A forum for product questions: I'm sorry, but we don't have access to orders and customer information here. If you would kindly call Customer Support at 800.325.4180, email info@starkbros.com or visit starkbros.com and start a chat, they will be able to address your issue.
AM I GETTING THIS BLACKBERRY BUSH IN JUNE OR SHOULD I PICK A DIFFERENT ONE?
karen b on May 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is a Q&A forum for product questions: I'm sorry, but we don't have access to orders and customer information here. If you would kindly call Customer Support at 800.325.4180, email info@starkbros.com or visit starkbros.com and start a chat, they will be able to address your issue.
If I plant two different prime ark varieties will they pollinate each other to maximize my crop ?
Ken S. on Feb 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes. Blackberries are self-pollinating and the more you plant, the more pollen there is so you'll have an abundance of berries.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
HOW TALL ARE THE PLANTS THAT YOU SHIP?
Charles on Jan 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our blackberries are well rooted and ship approx. 6-12 inches tall.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How tall are the plants you send?
Charles on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our blackberry plants ship approx. 6-12 inches tall.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I have a section of 4 acres I am leaving just for Black Berry's how would you suggest planting this area, should I leave 6 to 7 feet between the rows? and I was thinking of planting double rows and having the path of 6 to 7 feet to drive through fr picking the Berries, do you have or can you fill a large order filled for buying this amount of these plants, and if not on a right pricing do you have other references to other stores or suppliers that give wholesale pricing
Joseph S on Oct 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Joseph - Please give our amazing customer support team a call to discuss this further. They can be reached at 800.325.4180.
Do you have a blackberry that will freeze well in a pie?
Susan S on Apr 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All blackberries freeze well, unlike strawberries, some varieties of which have much higher water content and turn to mush when frozen. The water content in blackberries is largely the same from variety to variety.
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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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 6 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
over 5 years ago
Great Blackberries
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 6 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 5 years 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
Purchased
over 5 years 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
Purchased
over 6 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 5 years 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 5 years ago
PrimeArk Freedom Primocane Blackberry
They were great transplants. unfortunately, the deer killed them.
Trying again with barrier.
May 24, 2016
Purchased
over 5 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
over 5 years ago