When to Thin Out Blackberries

For erect blackberry cultivars, such as Cherokee, Cheyenne and Shawnee, thin the canes that are in their fruitless first year of growth, called primocanes, in late winter, when the plants are dormant. For trailing blackberry cultivars, such as Boysen, Chester, Logan, Marion, Silvan and Tayberry, thin the primocanes when harvest time is over.

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