How to Start Blackberry Bushes


Blackberries are some of the easiest fruit bushes to grow, with only a couple bushes producing pounds of delicious berries that not only are high in antioxidants but can be used in anything from jams to pies, to salads and ice cream. It is simple to purchase blackberry seedlings from a local nursery or gardening store; they need to planted immediately in order to keep the roots from becoming dried out or root-bound. There are a couple of key things to keep in mind when starting blackberry bushes in your landscape or garden.

Step 1

Find a place in your landscape where there is full sun, as blackberries flourish in sunshine. The soil needs to be well-draining. If you have poor or clay soil, make a mixture of mulch, potting soil and peat moss to plant the bush in.

Step 2

Put on gardening gloves so that you are not harmed by the thorns on the blackberry bush. Dig a hole for the blackberry bush with a shovel, twice the size as the root ball. Make sure to remove any spare roots, large stones or dirt clods from the hole. Try to spread out the roots of the blackberry bush slightly when planting it in the hole. Backfill the dirt over the roots until they are fully covered.

Step 3

Water the entire planting area generously after planting. The water will help the blackberry roots to settle more deeply within the soil and will help to keep the soil in place. Continue to water the blackberry bush once a week with an inch of water. For more hot or dry areas, water twice weekly with one inch of water, and consider adding mulch over the top of the soil to keep it moist longer.

Step 4

Fertilize the plants each spring, starting with the first spring after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Fertilizer
  • Water


  • Caring for Blackberry Bushes
  • Blackberry Bush Information
  • Growing Blackberries
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