[NAFEX] Blackberry Pruning
Mark & Helen Angermayer
hangermayer at isp.com
Thu Jun 28 12:17:33 EDT 2007
Thanks for the advice Jim and Michael. Three feet seemed a little short to
me too. I think I read pruning is to keep them from blowing over. We do
get some pretty good winds here in Kansas, and I only trellised the Triple
Crown, but I like the idea of not having to stoop to pick. After the plants
get some maturity (producing thicker and more canes) I'd like to try just
letting them grow.
On a related issue, do you all recommend mulching the plants? Will the new
canes push up through the mulch?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Fruth" <>
To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 7:53 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Blackberry Pruning
> If I adhered to what the experts say about pruning blackberries, I
> wouldn't get much fruit. Back when I pruned to 3', I wondered what would
> happen if I didn't prune at all. So I tried it. Now I'm standing up
> I pick instead of stooping over. Berry size is the same. Consistent
> year after year. So now I'm left wondering how the person who wrote 'the
> book' got to be an 'expert.' Oh, I know...........................an 'ex'
> is a has-been and a (s)pert is a drip under pressure.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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