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How to Grow Brazos Blackberries

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Overview

Brazos is a variety of blackberry plant which was created at Texas A&M University in 1959. Brazos blackberries grow well in hot climate regions where soil is sandy, especially Texas, Louisiana, Southern Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Growing Brazos blackberries is a simple process that does not require specialized gardening skills, as blackberries are low maintenance plants that will rapidly grow on their own. As with most plants, blackberry plants (including the Brazos variety) require some pruning, watering and appropriate spacing of the plant to ensure that there is enough room for it to grow and thrive.

Step 1

If you are located in the Southern region of the United States, purchase a Brazos blackberry plant at your local gardening center or blackberry farm. If you are located elsewhere, you may purchase a blackberry plant from an online farm or retailer. For more information on obtaining a Brazos blackberry plant online, see "Resources."

Step 2

Prepare a patch of land in your garden that is 4 to 5 square feet. This land should be cleared of debris and left empty so that the blackberry plant will have room to grow and mature to full capacity.

Step 3

Use a gardening spade (or shovel) to dig a hole that is approximately 8 inches deep to plant your Brazos blackberry plant. No fertilizer will be needed, but you may use Miracle-Gro if preferred.

Step 4

Moisten the roots of the Brazos blackberry plant and plant in the chosen location in your garden. Blackberry plants should be planted in December, January or February and harvested in late spring.

Step 5

Water the Brazos blackberry plant as needed. If your climate is dry, watering should occur on a weekly basis. Brazos should receive at least one watering per week, whether it is as a result of natural rainfall or from the garden hose.

Step 6

Throw away any dried out branches or areas of the plant which have been consumed by insects or birds. Be sure to throw away any fallen fruit, as the scent of rotting fruit attracts pests to the blackberry plant. Prune as needed, and always make sure there is proper space for your Brazos blackberry plant to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Brazos blackberry plant
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bag
  • Shovel or spade

References

  • Texas A&M Extension: Growing Brazos Blackberries
  • University of Florida Extension: Brazos Blackberries

Who Can Help

  • Buying Brazos Blackberries Online
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