Fresh blackberries are a little piece of heaven, and having them in your own backyard will ensure you have fresh berries year-round. Muffins, pancakes, fruit bowls, desserts, sauces-- the culinary uses are endless. The key to planting and growing wild blackberry bushes is to purchase the right variety, making sure the plant is healthy before bringing it home.
Choose a planting site before purchasing a blackberry bush, as it must ensure full sun and and well-draining soil.
Decide what blackberry bush variety to purchase. The two main types grow with canes but differently. One produces arching solid canes, while the other trails along the ground variety and needs a trellis for support.
Determine what time of year you want berries to produce. This will dictate which wild blackberry cultivar to purchase. Two other factors are the bushes' resistance to disease and whether the canes have thorns. For example, the arching, thorny Cherokee cultivar produces large, firm fruit midseason. Black Satin with its dull, large berries and no thorns produces in midseason.
Inspect the blackberry plants before you purchase them. Select ones with hardy foliage, no broken canes and no insect damage, yellowing leaves or leaves with holes. Make sure the roots are not growing out of the bottom of the container, as this indicates the plant has been in the pot for a long time.