Chester Blackberry is a winter hardy variety. This thornless blackberry has large fruit that will be ripe near mid-August. Expect sweet and large fruit 1 year after planting.
Although Chester Blackberry performs well in cold climate, the fruit retain their integrity of firmness and color in southern climates as well.
Planting tips for bare root brambles (blackberries & raspberries)
- When choosing a planting location avoid planting blackberries & raspberries where the following crops have been planted: brambles, strawberries, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.
- Choose a full sun (6-8 hours per day) planting location
- Amend soil with organic matter and check to be sure that you have adequate drainage.
- Plant in Spring once your soil has warmed. Planting in cool and damp soil can delay development.
- Soak the roots up to 2 hours in water prior to planting.
- Prepare the planting area by digging a 3-4" deep trench.
- Lay the roots horizontally in the trench about 1-1.5" below the soil surface.
- Cover the roots immediately after placing roots in the trench.
- Water planting area
- Do not fertilize at planting time.
- New growth may take up to 6 weeks to appear
- Most if not all new growth will come from the root of your blackberry plant and not from the cane. The cane may never leaf out.