Natchez, Thornless Blackberry, Rubus
History / Distribution: Blackberry in the diverse genus Rubus is native and widespread throughout most of the temperate regions of the world. Rubus species with mounding or rambling growth habits, are often called brambles. This name is not used for raspberries that grow as upright canes. The Natchez hybrid was developed by the University of Arkansas in 2007. It is ideal for planting zones 6-10b with it's low chill hour requirement to produce fruit.
Description: Blackberry cultivars are categorized as erect, semi-erect, or trailing. Natchez Blackberries are semi-erect and thornless plants that are productive and resistant to pests and diseases. The fruit are large, elongated, black and glossy set against dark green foliage. The shrubs can grow up to 4 feet in height and spread 3-4 feet.
Cultivation: Blackberries grow fast and can be grown anywhere in zone 7 or higher. They grow best in sandy soils but can be grown in any soil that is at least one foot deep, has good drainage and a ph range of 5.0 to 7.0. On alkaline soils above 8.0, plants will experience iron chlorosis which is corrected with soil applications of Fe 138 Iron Chelate or foliar iron sprays. If internal soil drainage is not fast, grow blackberries in a raised bed. Irrigation is essential for new plantings and mature bearing plants. Rainfall or irrigation will be needed weekly. Blackberries are biennials and begin bearing fruit the year after planting. Plants will grow 4-6 feet tall. Although blackberry roots are perennial, the tops are biennial. Prima canes are produced the first year and are vegetative growth only. Cut prima canes back when they reach 36 to 48" to encourage branching. Floricanes are the second year of the biennial cycle and bloom in late spring. The fruit ripens in early summer. After fruiting, the floricanes will die and should be cut to the ground. Pruning is necessary to maintain an orderly planting and control diseases. The Natchez variety of blackberry is early fruiting, with an average harvest date in early June.
Blackberries & Your Health: Aside from being an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins C and K and folic acid, blackberries have been researched in their effectiveness in preventing cardiovascular disease. They contain a healthy dose of Anthocyanins, lending them cardio-protective and anti-inflammatory properties.
Comments: Plants bearing thorns are often used as a defense against burglary, being strategically planted below windows or around the entire perimeter of a property. What distinguishes the blackberry from its raspberry relative is whether or not it’s stem stays with the fruit when picked. Blackberry fruit stems stay with the fruit while raspberry stems do not, leaving a hollow core in the fruit. Blackberry flowers produce both nectar and pollen for honey bees.
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