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Growing Blackberries in Ohio

By Anna Aronson ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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


Things You Will Need

  • Blackberry bushes
  • Shovel
  • Water


  • If you cannot plant your blackberry bushes the day you purchase or receive them, wrap the roots and store them in a cool, dry place.
  • In the year of planting, make sure plants have a steady source of water. In subsequent years, blackberries need between 1 inch and 2 inches of water per week and will only need to be watered during dry spells.
  • Blackberries will need to be pruned each year at the end of the growing season. Remove the fruit-producing canes once all the fruit has been harvested to allow space for new canes to grow.

About the Author


Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.