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Loch Ness Blackberry

Posted by drewbym 6B MO (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 3, 13 at 15:54

Has anyone out there tried growing the Loch Ness Blackberry?

If so, what was your experience? How does it compare to other semi-erect blackberries such as Triple Crown or Chester? Does it sucker, or only tip layer? How does it taste?

Thanks!


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RE: Loch Ness Blackberry

  • Posted by murky z8f pnw Portlan (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 4, 13 at 1:46

Tip layers, but doesn't seem to difficult to contain. Its vigorous and productive of very high quality fruit (uniform full berries, easy to pick, easy to freeze and bag individually).

The flavor is extremely tart and unique. Its great for cooking. If you let it get dead ripe to the point of nearly falling apart when you touch it, just before spoiling, the flavor is more balanced without nearly so much zing. Before that it is almost like sweet-tart candies. It is very flavorful but I wouldn't say classically blackberry or marionberry-like.

Of the 6 or 7 blackberry varieties I tried, I found this one of the most useful because if its consistency and ease of picking. Once established it seemed to do pretty well under relative neglect.

Take this for what its worth. I'm near Portland Oregon and my blackberries are planted between two single story houses that are close together in shallow, very well drained soil.


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RE: Loch Ness Blackberry

Thank you for your reply. Have you grown any of the more widely known cultivars such as Triple Crown and Chester? If so, how does Loch Ness compare?

Thanks!


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