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How Do You Prune Semi Erect Blackberries? (SOLVED)

Blackberries can be considered a biennial fruiting plant. Primocanes can be defined as actively-growing vegetative shoots. They are usually the most prolific fruit-producing canes. Some erect blackberry varieties (e.g., Prime Jim, Prime Jan) produce fruit on primocanes in the fall 😎 Primocanes, left un-tipped, can grow several feet in length 😎 Primocanes become floricanes the next year 🔥 After the fruit is harvested, all floricanes die. It is important to remove all spent floricanes from blackberry plants. The removal of the had spent floricanes will make more room for new primocanes next year. [1]
Plants establish roots systems during the first year. They also have a few canes. The plants’ first year of growth can look like a dewberry. The flexible canes should be tied to the trellis with a loose wrap. Primocanes that are erect will develop in the second and subsequent year. In order to properly train the erect type, the primocanes should be allowed to grow at a height of approximately 12 inches from the base. The majority of primocanes are likely to develop in the middle of the row. While these primocanes are still flexible, encourage them to grow up in between the two sides of a T- or V-trellis by pushing them into the centre of the row before they reach the trellis’s bottom wire. Tip new blackberry shoots that reach between 8 and 12 inches above top wire should be done. Tipping stimulates the growth and production of fruit laterals. Use your fingers to pinch off the tender new growth at the tip of the cane—known as soft tipping (Figure 12). Use loppers later, or a machine hedger that can make a precise cut. (Figure 13). Tipping and hedging could lead to Leptosphaeriaconiothyrium (Figure 13). This is especially true if they are done just before rain events. Hard tipping is better than soft tipping by pinching young plants early. Apply a preventative product fungicide immediately after tipping to guard against cane disease. More information is available in the Cane Blight of Blackberry factsheet. Klaus Foreman edited this factsheet on July 24, 2021. [2]
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Don’t leave picked berries exposed to the sun for more than is necessary. They are better placed in a shaded area. After picking, you will want them to be cooled as quickly as possible. The freshness of blackberries depends on its quality. They can stay in the fridge for up to seven days. However, after just a few days, blackberries can lose their bright colours and new flavoursrr and shrivel. However, you can still freeze the berries that are not in use. Simply wash them, take out their hulls and put them in ziplock bags. Frozen berries can be kept for up to six months. Modified by Kenneth James, Zhucheng (China), July 15, 2020 [3]
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Second, Triple Crown blackberries can be pruned to become free-standing plants. Cut any canes which produced fruit in the preceding season to the ground. The canes that did not produce fruit in the last season (2-year-olds) should be cut down to 3-4 feet. You should trim any lateral branches to a minimum of a foot. They will later produce fruit and flowers from these lateral branch. In mid-summer trim any 1-year-old canes to 3-4 feet high. This will allow for the growth of the lateral branches, which will produce fruits the next summer. Rany Dashl (pretoria, South Africa) last edited 32 days ago [4]
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