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Blackberry 'Darrow'

'Darrow' Blackberries are fantastic, with large berries that are firm and juicy, and a honey sweet, true blackberry flavor. This berry has proven to be the most reliable producer of large crops of top quality fruit grown North into Canada. The berries typically measure 1" long and 3/4" wide. The bushes grow 4-5 ft. tall. This blackberry is cold hardy, super-vigorous and self-pollinating.

'Darrow' plants are hardy, rust resistant and produce well at an early age. To maintain plants, be sure to water in dry weather and use mulch to conserve soil moisture and control weeds. Pruning on a regular schedule is also beneficial to the growth and health of the plant. Blackberries are a delicious gourmet treat that may be eaten fresh or used in cobbler, cake, sauce, jam, jelly or syrup.

Plant Details +

Botanical Rubus 'Darrow'
Height 4-5'
Spacing 4-5'
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Large Green
Fruit Dark Blue/Black
Harvest Summer-Bearing

General Information +

General Characteristics: Blackberries fruit on two-year old canes. After they have finished fruiting, the canes should be pruned away at the base. The fruit attracts birds. The brown thrasher, gray catbird, northern cardinal, northern mockingbird, and white-eyed vireo commonly nest in blackberry and raspberry thickets. Flowers attract butterflies, notably the western tiger swallowtail. Although the flowers are attractive, this blackberry is grown primarily as a fruit crop and is not considered appropriate for ornamental use.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is level with the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize at planting and again in late spring. Choose a sunny site in your garden with good air circulation, water drainage, and a pH of 6.0-7.0. Keep roots moist until planting. Work plenty of organic matter into the soil and mulch to keep out weeds. Plant as soon as the soil has warmed. Trim canes to encourage new growth. Plants should be set out at least 2 feet apart in rows 7 feet apart. Trellising is beneficial for cane support. These summer-bearing berries produce fruit on second year canes (floricanes). In the fall of the 2nd year, prune spent canes at ground level and thin others to approximately 4 canes per foot of row. Cut off suckers which grow outside of rows. Trim remaining blackberry canes to 7 feet.

Pests or Diseases: 'Darrow' can experience anthracnose, botrytis, and verticillium wilt. Cane borers and crown borers are potential insect pests. Very susceptible to rosette disease.