CROP FAILURE 2019! Harvest fresh Blackberries from your patio or porch. This thornless bush is part of the Bushel and Berry® line of compact, ornamental berry bushes. In late spring and early summer, clusters of white flowers appear on well-branched, mounding plants. By midsummer, the blossoms have become full-size, juicy berries that are full of flavour, nutrients, and beneficial antioxidants. In most areas, Baby Cakes offers up a second crop of fruit in mid-fall. Plants reach 3-4’ tall making them perfect for small spaces or container gardening. Once they become established, they will fruit reliably for years. Plants are self-pollinating.
Latin: Rubus fruticosus ‘APF-236T’ CPBRAF
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 3′ – 4′
Spread: 3′ – 4′
Bloom Time: Late spring & Summer
Ripens: July – September
Flower Colour: White
Fruit Colour: Black
Foliage Colour: Green
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Well-drained
- Edible Fruit
- Everbearing (Primocanes)
Special Considerations: Can be planted in the ground like normal blackberries, however, most likely not need trellising support over winter. If the goal is to plant into containers please read the Bushel and Berry™ Container Blackberry Growing Guide tab.
Bushel and Berry™ Container Blackberry Growing Guide
Growing Bushel and Berry™ Blackberries in containers:
Bushel and Berry® bushes are dwarf plants that require no trellising or staking. Upon arrival, replant in a 12–16″ container using good-quality potting soil. Place the container outdoors in full sun for the growing season. As your plant matures, you will likely need to put it in a 20–24″ diameter container. Your plant will start producing more fruit in the second year.
Fertilizing. Fertilize your plants in early spring and again in midsummer with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer (such as 18-18-18).
Pruning. Simply let your plant go dormant in the winter. In early spring, you should start to see new green sprouts coming up from both soil and on some of the old canes. The sprouts from the ground will become canes that will fruit the following year. Old canes with new growth emerging should fruit this year. Leave all the new shoots from the ground and old canes that have green leaves emerging. Cut all the dead canes with no new growth at ground level.
Wintering over. In colder climates (Zone 5), you can overwinter plants in their containers by storing them in a sheltered, unheated area such as a garage or shed once the leaves drop in fall. Be certain the soil is moist when the plant is brought under cover, and water very sparingly during the winter. Once every 6 weeks is generally sufficient. The intent is for the plant to go as dormant as possible. In spring, bring them outside when temperatures remain above 25°F and place in full sun.
In warmer climates where freeze-thaw cycles occur, store plants on a protected porch. Where freezing is not a concern, plants can remain outdoors in containers and enjoyed year round.
Spring Plant Reservations
All Spring Plant Reservations have a 50% minimum deposit required to place orders. An order can also be paid in full.
Orders will be placed based on payment of a deposit or full payment. Deposits (50% of order value) cannot be refunded after April 5th, 2019.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow instructions on your invoice.
We strongly recommend ordering before April 5th, 2019 to secure your order. Please note that orders after this date are dependent on available inventory. Some stock may have limited available quantities.
Any bulk orders of 50+ plants will be subject to bulk order pricing. Please contact us for bulk orders.
SPR orders must be picked up May 17-19 from the farm in Krestova. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date. We are unable to deliver to Nelson or Castlegar Garden Festivals due to recent SPR order quantities.
This item is for pick-up only and does not qualify for shipping via Canada Post.
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