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Old 05-21-2020, 02:50 PM   #51
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Remember the canes (vines) of a berry plant (blackberries or dewberries) only live 2 years. The put out a pimocane the first year, then the second season it becomes a floracane and bears fruit and dies. The following year all the new growth then bears fruit and dies, so they are constantly putting on new growth with the old growth dying... This variety fruits on the primocanes too so you get 2 crops of berries out of each cane before it dies. If you put 'em on a fence, they're not like grapes, you'll have to clean off the old canes each winter otherwise it will be a bramble of old dead canes and will make a mess in a few years...

Good to know, thanks!

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Old 05-28-2020, 06:33 PM   #52
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Guys, I have deer too, but so far they haven't messed with my berries. Only issue I've had is raccoons. They hit 'em one year, but I put out half a dozen Duke's and caught a whole family one night and haven't had a coon problem since.




Remember the canes (vines) of a berry plant (blackberries or dewberries) only live 2 years. The put out a pimocane the first year, then the second season it becomes a floracane and bears fruit and dies. The following year all the new growth then bears fruit and dies, so they are constantly putting on new growth with the old growth dying... This variety fruits on the primocanes too so you get 2 crops of berries out of each cane before it dies. If you put 'em on a fence, they're not like grapes, you'll have to clean off the old canes each winter otherwise it will be a bramble of old dead canes and will make a mess in a few years...
I ordered 15 Plants, going to put them in raised beds and hopefully will get some berries later this year. Thanks for all the info.
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I ordered 15 Plants, going to put them in raised beds and hopefully will get some berries later this year. Thanks for all the info.
Cool. Keep us posted.
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:29 AM   #54
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Got my raised beds put in, boxes made for my blueberry bushes and blackberry plants have been delivered. Will get them planted next week. Looking forward to next Summer to enjoy the fruits of all this labor!

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These look great! Is the mesh-like material for keeping the critters out? If so, what did you use?
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Old 06-13-2020, 06:12 PM   #56
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Got my raised beds put in, boxes made for my blueberry bushes and blackberry plants have been delivered. Will get them planted next week. Looking forward to next Summer to enjoy the fruits of all this labor!

That looks great! I got some blueberries planted but couldn't find any blackberries. Thosewill come soon as I can get some.
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Old 06-13-2020, 08:04 PM   #57
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These look great! Is the mesh-like material for keeping the critters out? If so, what did you use?
It’s just fencing cut into short sections. I used an organic fertilizer and my dang dogs will tear up the beds eating it, so had to fence them out.
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Old 06-13-2020, 08:06 PM   #58
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That looks great! I got some blueberries planted but couldn't find any blackberries. Thosewill come soon as I can get some.
I ordered mine from Stark Bros. Saltwater Slick posted a link on the first page. The PrimeArk Freedom, thornless. They say they’re not compatible to our zone, but the way Slick’s growing them they sure seem compatible.
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Old 06-13-2020, 08:08 PM   #59
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I ordered mine from Stark Bros. Saltwater Slick posted a link on the first page. The PrimeArk Freedom, thornless. They say they’re not compatible to our zone, but the way Slick’s growing them they sure seem compatible.
Interesting! Theres where I looked and ordered my blueberries. I may get a few and try them.
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Old 06-13-2020, 09:27 PM   #60
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I ordered the prime ark travelers through Stark brother. Mine have been doing good.
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Old 04-10-2021, 05:29 PM   #61
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How did everyone's berries survive the freeze? I lost half of mine. I had even wrapped them in Christmas lights and covered them in towels and blankets. The row that survived had a thicker cover over them. Already have some berries growing, looking forward to getting home and enjoying some fresh blackberries.
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Old 04-10-2021, 05:32 PM   #62
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Interesting! Theres where I looked and ordered my blueberries. I may get a few and try them.
I ordered two different blueberry plants from them as well, O'Neil and Misty, they compliment each other with pollination. I planted two of each.

They suggest pulling the blooms off the first few years to promote root growth and plant development before you start allowing the berries to grow.

I lost both of the Misty variety in the freeze as well. The replants are looking good though.
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Old 04-10-2021, 05:33 PM   #63
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Mine are just now flowering. Kind of like ticks. You can't kill them.
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Old 04-10-2021, 05:35 PM   #64
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Guys, I have deer too, but so far they haven't messed with my berries. Only issue I've had is raccoons. They hit 'em one year, but I put out half a dozen Duke's and caught a whole family one night and haven't had a coon problem since.




Remember the canes (vines) of a berry plant (blackberries or dewberries) only live 2 years. The put out a pimocane the first year, then the second season it becomes a floracane and bears fruit and dies. The following year all the new growth then bears fruit and dies, so they are constantly putting on new growth with the old growth dying... This variety fruits on the primocanes too so you get 2 crops of berries out of each cane before it dies. If you put 'em on a fence, they're not like grapes, you'll have to clean off the old canes each winter otherwise it will be a bramble of old dead canes and will make a mess in a few years...
Slick, the deer ate mine like crazy, had to end up building a fence completely around my berries. I'm hoping once they mature and get big enough I can take the fence down. Thinking once the plants mature the leave will be ****** and less attractive to the deer. I will probably end up just covering the plants in bird netting to keep the deer away, would like to do away with the fence.
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Old 04-10-2021, 05:37 PM   #65
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Mine are just now flowering. Kind of like ticks. You can't kill them.
I think mine were not established enough to survive, they were less than a year old. Plus being in a raised bed didn't help, severe cold on three sides of it I'm sure that the soil temp dropped enough to kill them.
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Old 04-10-2021, 06:53 PM   #66
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If we don’t get some freaking rain we may not have many these year.
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Old 04-10-2021, 07:25 PM   #67
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I’m interested to see if there’s anything out at the lease. I assume the freeze killed the canes that would be producing berries this year.

Yesterday I found a couple of vines in my backyard that escaped from their planter and the roots survived the freeze.
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:16 PM   #68
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We’ve got Dewberries all over the place (in their usual places) at our place in Lexington. While they all seemed to have survived the freeze, I suspect they’ll be bearing fruit a little later than they did last year. They all look great, just a little “behind.”
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:39 PM   #69
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Mine seem to be fine. Saw some blooms last weekend.
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:43 PM   #70
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Was at the lease today and they are in full bloom right now.
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Old 04-10-2021, 10:43 PM   #71
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Grew up in east Texas. Mom would add milk to a bowl full and top with sugar for my breakfast. Good memory.
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Old 04-10-2021, 10:50 PM   #72
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Lots of blooms and some green berries.
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Old 04-11-2021, 01:04 AM   #73
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Man this thread is driving me nuts, shouldn't have clicked in here now I'm wanting to go dewberry hunting.
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:34 AM   #74
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I was telling my wife a few days ago that we had piles of dewberries at the house by this time last year and I haven't seen any this year.
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Old 04-11-2021, 08:34 PM   #75
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Went out and checked my local patches about 2 wks ago--lots and lots of blossoms---just waiting for ripe berries---how long until then?
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:12 PM   #76
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Was out at our place this weekend. As it turns out, all patches are at the end of their bloom cycles (I haven’t been able to get out for the last couple of months and I apparently missed them). However, upon closer inspection, I noticed the emergence of small green berries.

My sense is that they’re smaller than last year and there are definitely fewer berries on each plant. Without rain, they may never ripen to fruition, I’m afraid.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:22 AM   #77
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I think mine were not established enough to survive, they were less than a year old. Plus being in a raised bed didn't help, severe cold on three sides of it I'm sure that the soil temp dropped enough to kill them.
They will come back. We cleared a fence line with a dozer that was dewberries 90% of the way. Two - three years later we picked dewberries off that line. They are almost as hard to kill as Bermuda grass.

Mine are just now flowering too. I am fortunate to have a bunch of wild growing dewberries. Two years ago I picked 15 gallons of them, then froze them in 2 cups batches in quart sized ZipLoc bags. I just turned the last batch into Dewberry pie for Easter. I'm looking forward to picking another 15 gallons this year - if we get some more rain.
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:09 AM   #78
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Most of Mine are a week past bloom stage. I have had rain every week, so lots of blooms. Should be a great crop for me.
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:17 AM   #79
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Got a bunch flowering at my new house and putting on some small berries. We need a lot more rain
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:38 AM   #80
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I’m noticing a lot of blooms from a distance, but I haven’t walked up to them to check for berries. My wife made 40 jars of dewberry jelly last year. I gave a lot away and I am still in the doghouse for that.
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Old 04-12-2021, 05:59 PM   #81
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I’m noticing a lot of blooms from a distance, but I haven’t walked up to them to check for berries. My wife made 40 jars of dewberry jelly last year. I gave a lot away and I am still in the doghouse for that.
Can you share the recipe?
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Old 05-04-2021, 07:45 PM   #82
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Picked one or two already, but today had several ripen up. Looking forward to having enough to make jelly.

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Old 05-04-2021, 08:45 PM   #83
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Got a good crop again this year


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Old 05-04-2021, 09:00 PM   #84
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We just walked through the pasture tonight, picking dewberries.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:04 PM   #85
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I guess I don’t understand them not surviving the freeze down there. Our winter is just ending and it’s been freezing *** cold this winter, but the berries are just starting to bud now.
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