Growing Blackberries in Ohio


The climate in Ohio is suitable for growing blackberries, and the bushes can make a nice addition to a garden or yard in any part of the state. Blackberry bushes will do best in a sunny location with a well-draining soil. If your soil has poor drainage, you may want to create a raised bed to grow you blackberry bushes. Once blackberry bushes are established, they will require some upkeep, such as weeding and pruning to encourage a healthy fruit yield. As long as you put a little effort into your blackberry bushes, though, they should produce a nice crop of berries for eating and baking every summer.

Step 1

Prepare the site for planting by removing weeds and any other vegetation. This is best done the fall before spring planting.

Step 2

Dig a hole deep enough so the root ball will sit no deeper than 1 inch below where it was when it was grown at the nursery. If you are unsure about the depth, check with the nursery or garden center where you purchased the plants.

Step 3

Set the plant in the hole, making sure to spread out the roots.

Step 4

Fill the hole in with soil, packing it down firmly to remove air bubbles.

Step 5

Repeat steps 2 to 4 with additional plants. Blackberry bushes should be planted 3 feet apart, with about 8 feet between rows.

Step 6

Water plants thoroughly so they can begin to establish their roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Blackberry bushes
  • Shovel
  • Water


  • Ohio State University Extension: Pruning Erect Blackberries in the Home Garden
  • National Gardening Association: Planting Blackberries
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