It is beautiful, tasty and extremely healthy. This berry is distinguished by a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. It is used to make desserts, compotes, jams and alcohol.

Blackberries are famous not only for their excellent tastiness, but also – health benefits. Blackberries have a number of extremely healthy properties. In terms of sugars, dry solids, vitamins, organic substances, mineral salts and micronutrients, it is even ahead of raspberries. Fresh blackberries improve the activity of the coronary vessels of the brain, enhance memory and stimulate thinking processes.

Peculiarities of Growing Blackberries

Blackberries belong to the shrubs with perennial root system. Aboveground shoots are biennial. Blackberries bloom late, their flowers do not suffer from light frosts, but the vegetative shoots are systematically damaged by the returning spring colds.

To get a bountiful and high-quality harvest of blackberries, it is necessary to properly plant this crop on the garden plot, having previously chosen the appropriate place.

What one needs to know about planting blackberries?

Spring is a time of active work for every gardener. If this year you have decided to plant blackberries on your plot, we suggest that you learn the little tricks of proper planting of this shrub.

Basic Rules for Planting Blackberry Seedlings

It is important to buy quality seedlings. Both open and closed root system are allowed. The main requirement is well-developed strong roots. Be sure to check with the seller all the characteristics of the chosen variety to properly plant and care for blackberry bushes.

Choose a place with enough light to keep the area warm. Blackberries should be protected from the negative effects of cold winds from the north and east. In particular, blackberries love moisture, though it is preferable for the soil not to be overmoistened. The shrub dies in wetlands due to the lack of oxygen in the roots. Increased soil moisture leads to increased growth of shoots and a sharp decrease in productivity and frost resistance.

It is most important to provide the soil with moisture at the beginning of the plant growth (from April to July in case of planting in spring), during the period of increased growth of shoots and formation of the future harvest. Do not plant blackberries in soil with increased content of limestone (calcium carbonate). It causes a danger of the disease. When preparing the soil, get rid of weeds by digging deeply the plot (about 0.5 m).

Blackberry seedlings can be planted both in spring and autumn. Do not forget that varieties with low frost resistance are to be planted only in spring. For cold-resistant varieties, autumn planting is also possible, after which the plants are covered with a layer of peat or humus (15 cm) for winter.