If you love blackberries but lack the space in your garden or haven't the time to gather tiny wild ones from the hedgerows here is the perfect answer - Black Cascade, The Hanging Basket Blackberry!
The result of much breeding work, Black Cascade forms a spreading plant which gently cascades from a basket meaning you can pick the fruits easily at eye level instead of reaching and bending.
No more scratched hands either as plants are thorn free and the pretty blooms that appear in summer are a magnet for bees and butterflies. When established one plant will fill a large hanging basket and yield over a kilo of large sweet juicy berries.
Grow them in containers too - for ease of picking choose a nice tall planter.
Fruit ripens from August to October and while perfect for jams and pies is also delicious eaten fresh from the plant.
You'll received an established plant in a 2L pot, ready to plant out or pot on.
Planting your blackberries
Before planting, dig the ground over well and incorporate plenty of well-rotted organinc matter. Remove all perennial weeds.
Water your potted plant well.
Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot.
Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball.
Water well and mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.
If growing in a basket, use containers at least 35cm (14in) filled with good quality compost such as our own premium professional compost.
Aftercare Advice for Black Cascade
Feed and water Blackberry bushes regularly throughout the growing season.
Protect the fruit from birds using netting.
Pruning Advice for Black Cascade Blackberries
This Blackberry fruits on new wood and should therefore be pruned each February to remove the previous year’s canes.
Cut back each stem back to a healthy bud, just above the base of the plant.