You really have to admire...blackberries!

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You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby karyn » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:03 pm

Just been cutting blackberries at Mum's house. You really do have to admire the tenacity of this bloody plant - it had delicious fruit that attracts birds who then poop the seeds out somewhere else with a little blob of fertiliser attached. It puts out long tendrils that branch out and root wherever they touch the ground. It's thorny to ward off predators. The roots put out runners under the ground as well. It's definitely a survivor. The majority of the ones at Mum's come from the next yard over, they residents there are not gardeners by a long shot. So every year we cut them back as far as we can reach and dispose of them. One day I'll knock on their door and ask them to do it themselves... The only year we didn't cut them back before they set fruit was when they grew all through a Correa Alba and the blue wrens then nested in it :D
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby jack » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:48 am

yep got to love blackberries, i still remember them from when i lived in a better climate, not seen them out here.
yep pick them all day, mix with rhubarb and make a pie, drizzle in custard and that is heaven, enough to make the thorns worth the effort
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby taffyman » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:48 pm

Mmm, blackberry and rhubarb pie, blackberry and apple pie and blackberry jam - nostalgia at its best!
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby karyn » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:19 pm

I love and adore blackberry jam. Unstrained. The chunkier the better!
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby Pam » Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:29 am

yeah, Jam's not Jam unless it's chunky.
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby karyn » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:21 am

Yep, then you get to play with the pips in your teeth for the rest of the day! :D
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby Graham Bower » Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:58 am

I have what I have been told is an American Bramble or otherwise as a thornless blackberry. It is not truly thornless but thorns are nowhere near as savage as wild blackberry It grows as a vine and fruits from mid November through to late December Fruits are large, approximately twice the size of the wild blackberry.If left to properly ripen ,fruit is very sweet and delicious. I grow it on a trellis about 5metres long and 1.5m high From this I will pick about 1.5kg of fruit every second day at the peak of the season.
I cut back last years canes during winter and tie up new canes ready for oncoming crop. Graham.
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby JNarelle » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:58 am

Sounds like a Dewberry :)

delicious! :D
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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby Graham Bower » Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:40 pm

Thanks Narelle. From what I can research, it certainly looks like a dewberry but as I understand it the Dewberry has male and female plants, so I presume that I would need one of each to produce fruit. I only have the one plant which apparently is self pollinating. Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Incidentally, I am based in Berwick Victoria

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Re: You really have to admire...blackberries!

Postby JNarelle » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:51 am

maybe they can cross pollinate with another rubus? :)
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