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Blackberry plant

Irrigation

The blackberry plant can be grown without special attention from the point of view of irrigation. First of all we will have to verify that the normal seasonal atmospheric precipitations are sufficient. Otherwise you will have to intervene manually, with the watering can if we have only one plant or with the help of a fixed plant if we have grown more blackberry plants. In this case, the use of sprinkler irrigation systems is not recommended. A drip system is much more suitable for the blackberry plant, with irrigation given to the base of the plant, avoiding the direct jet of water on the leaves. In summer we will obviously have to intensify the watering interventions reaching the frequency of 2-3 weekly irrigations if the season is particularly hot.

Cultivation


It is very rare to plant blackberries from seeds. Generally, you buy a plant from a nurseryman who will also be able to advise us on the most suitable variety for the growing area and our needs, upright or bushy, with or without thorns. As for the transplant, we will adjust according to the region and the climate. The very young seedlings planted in autumn could be irreparably damaged if the temperatures went far below zero degrees. So in the coldest places it is highly recommended to opt for the transplant carried out in spring, so that the vegetative restart takes place in a favorable context. We will arrange the plants at least 2m away from each other. The blackberry plantit needs a large enough space to be able to develop without obstacles. We can then put a support near the stem or, preferably, an espalier system for the entire row of blackberry plants.

The terrain


The most suitable soil for growing blackberries is the slightly acidic one. For small crops we can buy a product for acidophilic plants, combining it with the common universal soil, to obtain a pH slightly below the neutral value, optimal for this type of plant. The tillage of the land must take place in advance of the planting. For example, having chosen to transplant the blackberry in spring, we will be able to hoe and dig the soil in the previous autumn. We will then go on to fertilize using mature manure and organic compost. With a rake we will distribute the fertilizing substances and let them be completely absorbed. Later we can dig the hole that will house the blackberry plant, taking care to bury it slightly below the collar, adding a little earth.

Blackberry Plant: Climate and Diseases


The blackberry plantit grows, develops and gives excellent harvests in a condition in which the summer is hot but the rainfall rate is sufficient to guarantee the necessary water supply. It would be better if the winter were also mild, even if the blackberry plant tolerates short periods when temperatures drop to around zero degrees. The ideal exposure would be full sun, where direct light arrives for most of the daily hours. The blackberry plant can get sick from attacks by insects, mites and parasites, or due to fungal diseases and molds. At gardening stores it is possible to buy specific pesticides and antifungals, making sure to use them only if strictly necessary. It is good practice, if we notice mold and rot both on the plant and on the fruits,

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