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Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

Posted by garrai81 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 27, 14 at 13:47

I bought some Apache blackberry plants last year, and they fruited a little, before getting toasted because they were too close to a wall.

I am going to move them now further away from the wall.

In the meantime, I can't tell from the advice online how to prune them. The long stalks bore fruit.

Should I cut those back to a foot from the ground?

Thanks.

Mac


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RE: Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

The other plant


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RE: Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

On most Blackberries plants,once a cane fruits,it's done and can be cut off right near the ground,anytime.Other canes will sprout up out of the crown. Brady


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Thanks.

Is it too late to prune those canes?


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RE: Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

I also meant to ask:

Is Apache considered a trailing or an erect blackberry plant?

I assume erect, just want to be sure.

Thanks.


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RE: Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

I also meant to ask:

Is Apache considered a trailing or an erect blackberry plant?

I assume erect, just want to be sure.

Thanks.


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They can be pruned now.Make sure the new canes that didn't fruit are not cut away.
Yes,it is an erect type. Brady


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Besides heat, blackberries should not be grown near a wall or fence because of possible fruit juice staining, unless the staining is of no consequence. Birds also tend to deposit berry pieces fore and aft near berry plantings.

Your field stake supports will do nicely for the apache.

Your future new canes will be more vigorous if you keep a circular area near the canes clear and weeded and apply some composted manure every year or two, in late autumn.

When pruning old canes, don't attempt to get them flush with the ground, leave 2 or 3 inches of stalk. That will reduce the possibility of disturbing this year's cane buds just below the soil surface. After 3 or 4 years, these remnant stalks become brittle and can easily be broken off by hand.


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When you move a plant it is sometimes helpful to prune it a bit, but for this blackberry, I would move it and not prune it until next year. The alternative is to prune those canes that fruited last year and leave the others alone.


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What I don't understand is the wall looks somewhat white, which reflects heat, not absorbs it, so confused how that could fry a plant? I use light colored pots to keep roots cool. As light colors do not absorb heat. My raspberries are against a red brick wall and are fine.


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RE: Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

Thanks for all the posts.

I will prune just a little, and will move, and will use the stakes to add wires to.

Yes, I plan to get the grass up from the entire area, as it will be a garden for vegetables, too.

Mac


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RE: Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

A light-colored wall will also reflect UV, and that can add to fruit damage for some varieties of blackberry--that would eventually appear to be fried.


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