[NAFEX] out-of-zone blackberries
scott at cs.jhu.edu
Tue Dec 14 13:11:13 EST 2010
Melissa, in my area we usually have snowcover only a few weeks of the year (last year being a mammoth exception) so I can't rely on a regular snow cover as Jim can. Depending on how reliable your snowcover is you may also need to cover them. I also don't know how they will do in 5a, that is more than a zone warmer than mine. That said I'm happy to sell you a few to trial, just send me an email to reserve them.
Scott z6/7 MD
On Dec 14, 2010, at 12:37 PM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> Melissa wrote, "............I've also been hearing good things about laying the canes down and mulching them................."
> From my experience, you don't need to mulch your blackberries. All you need to do is weight them down to be covered with snow. A downside to mulching would be having to remove the mulch from all of the prickles. I tried mulching a few plants once and never again.
> As for how much sunlight blackberries need, I have some that only receive filtered sunlight and they perform as well as those that receive morning sun that perform as well as those in full sun.
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