Wild Blackberry Bush - Rubus Fruticosus
Wild Blackberry Bush is not only a delicious treat but is loaded with antioxidants and anthocyanins that promote a strong immune system. Blackberries also contain a significant quantity of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and dietary fiber. Blackberries are excellent when preserved, jellied, and even baked into pies. With all the nutritional benefits of blackberries, it’s a good thing blackberry bushes are low maintenance, high yield, and fairly easy to grow. The genus Rubus encompasses all varieties of blackberry—of which there are many unique properties allowing for hardiness in many diverse environments. Some varieties of blackberry are tolerant of cold winters, producing berries well into late summer for USDA hardiness zones 6-9. Blackberry bush varieties thrive in a wide range of hardiness zones from 4-10. Blackberries prefer full sun to produce a hearty yield but can handle reduced light locations. Wild Blackberry bushes prefer rich soils with sufficient drainage and sandy areas or locations with clay should be avoided. Ideal soil conditions for blackberries include a soil pH between 5.5 and 7.0 and a location free of rocks, twigs, and weeds. Blackberry bushes can be planted near a trellis and some varieties prefer the supporting structure. Blackberry bushes enjoy a rich fertilizer at the beginning of the planting season but will grow and expand very quickly. Blackberry bushes typically require an inch of water per week and regular watering is required in-between rainy days. Once the blackberry bushes begin to produce fruit, they can be harvested every three to five days to maximize the berry production of a bush. With proper pruning techniques—trimming unwanted growth and canes—blackberry bushes can serve as a beautiful and colorful landscaping feature when grown on a trellis. Blackberry bushes can produce an abundant supply of fruit for fifteen to twenty years. These low maintenance, delicious, and healthy fruit-bearing bushes are a valuable asset to every garden.