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Blackberry & Raspberry Planting Guide

With heavy yields of large, firm fruit, Blackberries and Raspberries are so delicious and perfect for eating fresh, freezing, or making jelly that they’re worth dealing with a few thorns. Trained against a trellis or kept to a more compact shrub form, they’ll start rewarding you with basket after basket of succulent berries in their second year. Some varieties are summer-bearing; some are everbearing and will produce fruit over a longer period. The vines are hardy to Zone 5 (Blackberries) or Zone 3 or 4 (Raspberries) so harsh winters are no barrier to a bountiful harvest. Read on to learn how to plant, grow, and care for Blackberries and Raspberries with our comprehensive guide.

Success Snapshot

PLANTING
DEPTH

Bareroot: Crown 1 in. below soil line. Pre-Potted: Plant level with soil line.

WATER
QUANTITY

Moderate

SUNLIGHT
QUANTITY

Full Sun. Appreciates afternoon shade in hot areas.

PLANTING
PROXIMITY

3-4 ft.

BLOOM
SEASON

Harvest in Summer

HARDINESS
ZONES

Variety specifc; Generally Zones 5-8.