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When Are Blackberries Ripe in Virginia?

By Nancy Wagner
Blackberries offer tasty treats during the summer.

Blackberries ripen in early to midsummer in Virginia. You can pick the tasty little fruit in the wild where the bushes grow as native plants. Or, you can grow a few bushes in your garden to enjoy fresh fruit during the summer.

Season

Depending on the variety planted, blackberries are ready for picking in late June and July in Virginia. The exact ripening dates of the berries may vary from year to year depending on the weather conditions in the previous winter and spring.

Harvesting

Whether you head to a you-pick farm or grow your own, picking the juicy berries in the morning works best. The highly perishable berries only last a few days, so you’ll want to eat them up or freeze some to make them last. Garden blackberries usually require picking every two to four days since the fruits ripen on one bush over time.

Plants

Blackberry bushes grow canes on which the berries will eventually appear. Each cane lives for two years. During the first year, the cane only produces leaves. But in the second year, you’ll get fruit. To keep a good supply of ripe berries coming each summer, gardeners remove the old canes to keep the plants healthy.

 

About the Author

 

Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.