Blackberry (Black Satin) Plants
FRUI-BLAC-1-5Regular price $21.00
Semi-thornless Black Satin Blackberry plants are a good choice if you want to grow berries in humid Auckland, or in a small garden. Grow them at home and you won't have to forage for berries to enjoy classics like apple and blackberry pie!
About Blackberry Plants (Rubus, Caneberry, Bramble Berry)
Blackberries are small edible fruits that grow on a bushy cane. They aren't often seen in small gardens because of their rambling nature. However, it is possible to keep this plant to a compact size by growing it in a large pot or up a trellis.
The Black Satin Blackberry is a semi-thornless and disease-resistant variety that grows upright (to about waist height). The bushes have pretty white flowers, green foliage and red fruit that ripen to black in February/March.
Culinary Uses for Blackberries
Blackberries are a juicy and have a sweet and sour flavour. This berry is often featured in desserts like apple crumble, or in jams and preserves. Blackberry syrup is a delicious treat with ice cream, or indulge the kids with homemade blackberry ice blocks and smoothies. Blackberries don't need to be reserved for desserts - they are a punchy addition to salads and go well with creamy, salty goat's cheese/feta.
Growing Conditions - Black Satin Blackberry Plants
Blackberry plants love lots of sun and thrive in rich but mildly acidic free draining soil. Blackberries can be vigorous growers if left to their own devices, so plant them in a spot where they can't spread too far. Marigolds and Blueberries are good companion planting choices.
Once established, they are frost, but not wind hardy. In their first year, regularly water the base of your plants, keeping the soil moist. After the first year, they won't need as much water and should survive mildly dry weather.
Prune Black Satin berry canes to about 7 - 10 cm in the first winter to encourage a strong root system and better fruiting in later years. Thereafter, prune the canes every second winter, when dormant. (Blackberries produce fruit on 2 year old canes.)
What Type of Climate Do Blackberry Plants Prefer?
Blackberries are cold-hardy, and grow well in most areas of New Zealand. Blackberries are best planted in late autumn or winter, when dormant, but can also be planted in spring.