How to Space Blackberry Plants


Blackberries are easy to grow in a home garden provided you choose the proper location to plant them. Two types of blackberries are available: erect cultivars, which produce canes that somewhat support their weight, and trailing cultivars, which have canes that do not grow upright. Erect blackberries require a trellis for support; trailing blackberries do not. Blackberries, which typically ripen at the height of summer, are best when picked in the late morning and immediately refrigerated.

Step 1

Choose a location for planting. Blackberries should be grown in a site that gets plenty of sun and provides well-draining soil.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Place the first of your plants in the hole, allowing the roots to spread out naturally.

Step 4

Fill in the hole, making sure to pack the soil firmly so no air bubbles remain.

Step 5

Repeat steps 2 to 4 for additional plants, spacing them 4 feet to 10 feet apart if you are growing trailing cultivars; 4 feet to 6 feet apart if you are planting erect cultivars. Rows of blackberry plants should be spaced 8 feet to 10 feet apart.

Step 6

Water the newly planted blackberry plants thoroughly so they can begin to establish their roots in their new location.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Blackberry plants


  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service: Blackberries and Raspberries
  • Oregon State University Extension Service: Growing Blackberries in Your Home Garden
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