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Glossy fruit with high-quality flavor. Thornless canes have a vigorous, upright growth habit that makes berries easy to pick. Firm fruit holds up well compared to other blackberries; best for eating fresh, using in recipes, and offering at farmers' markets. Taste is delightfully sweet and sub-acid. A productive, thornless primocane blackberry variety! Introduced in 2015 from the University of Arkansas fruit-breeding program. First-year canes begin ripening in mid-July, while second-year canes bear heaviest crops in June. Continues to fruit until frost. Everbearing primocane. Early season. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #28,598 or other patents. APF-190T cultivar


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Black
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest First Year Canes Mid July, Second Year Canes June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet To Subacid Flavor; Aromatic, Juicy
Texture Firm, Glossy
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.


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

Estimated Delivery Date

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I live in Arkansas
Delton G on Mar 28, 2019
Met what I was looking for
Jill M on Feb 26, 2019
I live in Arkansas
Delton G on Mar 28, 2019
Large size.
Sergio G on Mar 1, 2019
Met what I was looking for
Jill M on Feb 26, 2019
I want to try the Primocane blackberries her in zone 10 a coastal southern California. We have many commercial growers having great success with these plants.
Scott A M on Apr 11, 2017
because its an early primocane, will cut to the ground in late fall
BRIAN B on Mar 7, 2017
Starting another blackberry patch. Hoping for a longer bearing season.
Had Triple crown plants . They stopped being productive .
Monica H on Jan 30, 2017
I love that these are thorn less and upright. Going to be a great addition to my yard and diet.
Lisa P on Jan 5, 2017
To replace some wild thorny blackberry plants.
george u on Oct 16, 2016
I have had the Prime Jan blackberries in my garden for years. I purchased them from Stark and they have done well. I want to add another variety and wanted to try a thornless new variety. I am looking forward to seeing how this new product does in the garden in the spring.
Valerie K on Oct 13, 2016
Because it is able to bear fruit from first year canes
Kim D on Sep 30, 2016
Large size.
Sergio G on Mar 1, 2019
I want to try the Primocane blackberries her in zone 10 a coastal southern California. We have many commercial growers having great success with these plants.
Scott A M on Apr 11, 2017
Is it just seeds or a bush?
seregasa on Oct 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. This is a plant that produces canes.
Can you trellis this plant?
William R on Oct 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You certainly can, but you don't really need to. This variety has erect, upright canes that are self-supporting.
Do prime ark traveler blackberries need trellis?
Tara M on Apr 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Because the thornless canes of this variety have a vigorous, upright growth habit, they should be able to support themselves and not require a trellis.
Do the primocane berries have thorns?
John L on Apr 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Some primocane varieties do, but not all. This variety is thornless.
What other variety would you plant next to this variety?
Ken G on Jul 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is the perfect companion, also a thornless primocane, and it will significantly extend your blackberry season:
What is the difference between the one gallon Prime-Ark blackberries and the smaller size packs? Are the one gallon size a yar or two old?
Bruce L on May 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Our blackberry plants in the Jumbo Cell Pack have a shipping expectation of 4-6" tall. A Jumbo Cell Pack is a bigger version of the divided 6-packs in which you might have bought annuals or vegetable plants in at a garden center. In the small gallon, they are about a foot tall with an advanced root system and are two years old.
What is the difference in Prime-Ark Freedom and Prime-Ark Traveler blackberries?
Patricia H on May 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Traveler ripens early; Freedom ripens late. They are very similar in growth habit, flavor and size.
How big the seeds in the fruit? I give had blackberry that are very seedy and hard to eat. How do these rate?
Dee A on Mar 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All of the University of Arkansas blackberry varieties (including this one) have been bred for smaller seeds than the familiar varieties that have been around for a long time. Another variety with very small seeds (and not many of them) is the Stark Black Gem blackberry.
Does this spread more than the Freedom variety? I see that it's called Traveler.
Karen B on Sep 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All blackberries sucker; this one is about average. Some gardeners consider suckering a nuisance; others look at it as free blackberry plants! "Traveler" is the short name and is not named for its suckering habit; it's named after the famous old song, "Arkansas Traveler".
When ordering its says 3(jumbo)cell pack is it 3 separate plants or 1 with 3 canes?
Joshia T on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A Jumbo 3-Cell Pack contains three separate plants.

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Super healthy blackberry plants
My 2017 order arrived in a couple shipments this year. The blackberries where in the 3" pots---super well packed!!! Planted about 2 weeks ago and are already triple planting size. The primocanes may well have a few berries to taste this fall!

Job well done as usual Starks!!
May 9, 2017
over 2 years ago
PrimeArk Blackberry
Blackberries are big and came on all summer. This spring a lot of flowers, looking forward to big blackberries.
May 13, 2018
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