How to Plant Blackberries in Ohio


Blackberries produce a plump sweet berry that grows easily in Ohio backyard gardens. Also known as brambles, blackberries flower and fruit on the second year cane growth. Each year, new canes sprout and grow. In a properly pruned blackberry patch, luscious berries become available every year.

Step 1

Keep the blackberry plants moist until planting by either soaking them in a bucket of water or wrapping the roots in wet burlap. Do not allow the root system to dry out, or the plant may die.

Step 2

Create a trench at least 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide to plant the blackberry plants. You can also dig a 6-inch hole for each plant if you prefer. Space holes at least 2 feet apart.

Step 3

Place the plants in the trench and spread out the root system. Space each cane 2 feet from the last cane's root system. Backfill the trench up to where the soil line is on the canes. You can see the soil line near the bottom of the canes, which indicates how deep they were previously planted.

Step 4

Prune back the blackberry canes to 6 inches above ground level. Dispose of the trimmings. Some blackberries may have an older dormant cane used for handling purposes during transport. This older cane should be pruned back to soil level.

Step 5

Water the newly planted blackberries thoroughly until the soil is moist but does not have standing water. Water at least once a day in dry weather. Do not allow the root system to dry. Keep watering for at least two weeks until the plants have become established.

Step 6

Fertilize the newly planted blackberries with a standard 10-10-10 fertilizer after one week. There is no need to fertilize again until the next growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association
  • Ohio State University: Brambles: Production Management and Marketing
  • Ohio State University: Injury to Tree and Small Fruit Plants
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Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.