Growing Calendar for Blackberry Black Cascade - 3x Plants
Delivery: Late February to Late September
Grow in a hanging basket or container so the fruits tumble over the side. Pick the juicy fruit from an ideal height rather than over-reaching or squatting down. You won’t need to clamber into the blackberry bush with this variety which is perfect for hanging baskets. 3 plants giving you 6 pounds of fruit!
As it works well in a container this variety won’t get too vigorous and take over parts of the plot – which is peace of mind for you and your other plants.
WHEN YOUR BLACK CASCADE ARRIVE
Unpack your plants as soon as possible. Although Black Cascade is particularly suited to containers and hanging baskets due it is dwarfing nature, it can also be grown in a similar style to traditional blackberries just without the height.
GROWING IN A CONTAINER/HANGING BASKET
Choose a basket or container that is a minimum of 14 inches (35.5cm) in diameter but ideally 16 inches.
Line the base of the container with a small layer of gravel to aid drainage. Ideally plant 1 x 9cm per hanging basket, however you can plant up to 3 x 9cm per basket if you would like the basket to fill up quicker. Blackberries are tolerant of most soils though prefer moisture retentive but free draining medium. For containers a general multipurpose will suit. Add a slow release fertiliser to the compost to ensure it is nutrient rich. Water well and place in a Sunny sheltered position. Blackberries will tolerate light shade but are considerably more productive in Sun.
GROWING IN BEDS/BORDERS/OPEN GROUND
If you decide not to plant Black Cascade in a container, the variety will perform equally as well in the ground. Prepare the soil before planting. Though blackberries can cope with most soil types, if your soil is particularly heavy clay, chalky or sandy then it would help the plant considerably if bulky organic matter is added before planting. Though Black Cascade is a dwarf variety, as a blackberry it can be particularly productive, so ensure there is plenty of space between the plants. Ideally around 1m apart. Black Cascade can be left without support to scramble up to 1m in spread; otherwise a system of horizontal wires can be used to train the canes to.
As a Primocane, Black Cascade fruits on the current year’s growth. This is similar to an Autumn fruiting raspberry. Therefore during early Spring (February) cut down all of the canes to a healthy bud. This may seem drastic but it will ensure that the plant is triggered to produce lots of new shoots in the Spring that will be ready for harvesting in the Autumn. Each Spring add a layer of mulch, ideally well-rotted manure or garden compost. Throughout the growing season feed regularly with either a top dressing of slow release fertilizer or a seaweed based liquid feed. After a number of years the hanging basket will become thick with roots and the plant will benefit from repotting into a larger container.
When we got the plants they had fallen out of the pots and had no extra packaging in the box at all , I have bought this up before but obviously they were not bothered, also plants are supposed to be thornless but mine are full of thorns.
Looking forward to harvesting them, and eating them in a crumble!
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