How to Plant Blackberries in Missouri

Overview

Blackberries are not generally as popular are strawberries and raspberries, but they are still great for baking and eating. The plants can be grown in Missouri, but it is important to consider the climate before planting because they can be damaged by cold temperatures in northern parts of the state. Blackberries do best in a well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. If you are planning on growing blackberries, choose the site a year before planting to ensure the drainage and pH are suitable. You can even take a soil sample to the university extension office for analysis.

Step 1

Choose a location with well-draining soil that receives full sun or only partial shade.

Step 2

Remove weeds and other vegetation from the site. If possible, do this several weeks or months before planting.

Step 3

Mix organic matter and/or mulch into the soil.

Step 4

Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the plant's root system.

Step 5

Make sure the roots do not bend or fold once placed in the hole. If they do, remove the plant and dig a deeper hole.

Step 6

Place the plant in the hole and firmly pack down the soil so all air bubbles are removed.

Step 7

Thoroughly water the plant to allow it to begin to take root in its new location.

Things You'll Need

  • Blackberry plants
  • Shovel or rototiller
  • Organic material
  • Mulch
  • Water

References

  • Missouri State Extension: Growing Blackberries in Misosuri
  • USA Gardener: How to Grow Blackberries
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