Blackberry bushes are fast growing as well as easy to care for. They produce an abundant amount of fruit in mid summer, however, newly-planted bushes produce fruit in their second year. Blackberry bushes spread out and need adequate room to do so. Proper pruning keeps the plants tame and pruning eliminates the opportunity for the plants to overtake the area.
Care of Blackberry Bushes
Plant blackberry bushes, according to the individual planting directions, in a sunny location. They grow in any type of soil and are quick to establish a root system. To maximize berry production, plant bushes at least 3 feet apart from each other.
Create a ground cover with mulch, at least 2 inches deep. This prevents weeds from growing into the bush. Water bushes weekly, allowing at least an inch of water to soak to the roots.
Fertilize the roots on a monthly basis, using a multi-purpose plant food, such as Miracle-Gro.
Prune the bush by cutting away the berry producing stems (also known as the canes). They should be removed after they no longer produce berries during the growing season. Cutting away the non-producing canes will give way to the areas still producing berries.