Prune Apache Rubus Blackberry?

garrai81February 27, 2014

I bought some Apache blackberry plants last year, and they fruited a little, before getting toasted because they were too close to a wall.

I am going to move them now further away from the wall.

In the meantime, I can't tell from the advice online how to prune them. The long stalks bore fruit.

Should I cut those back to a foot from the ground?

Thanks.

Mac

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garrai81

The other plant

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 1:48PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

On most Blackberries plants,once a cane fruits,it's done and can be cut off right near the ground,anytime.Other canes will sprout up out of the crown. Brady

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 3:30PM
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garrai81

Thanks.

Is it too late to prune those canes?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 4:35PM
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garrai81

I also meant to ask:

Is Apache considered a trailing or an erect blackberry plant?

I assume erect, just want to be sure.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 4:44PM
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garrai81

I also meant to ask:

Is Apache considered a trailing or an erect blackberry plant?

I assume erect, just want to be sure.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 5:13PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

They can be pruned now.Make sure the new canes that didn't fruit are not cut away.
Yes,it is an erect type. Brady

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 10:40PM
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larry_gene

Besides heat, blackberries should not be grown near a wall or fence because of possible fruit juice staining, unless the staining is of no consequence. Birds also tend to deposit berry pieces fore and aft near berry plantings.

Your field stake supports will do nicely for the apache.

Your future new canes will be more vigorous if you keep a circular area near the canes clear and weeded and apply some composted manure every year or two, in late autumn.

When pruning old canes, don't attempt to get them flush with the ground, leave 2 or 3 inches of stalk. That will reduce the possibility of disturbing this year's cane buds just below the soil surface. After 3 or 4 years, these remnant stalks become brittle and can easily be broken off by hand.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 11:15PM
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charlieboring

When you move a plant it is sometimes helpful to prune it a bit, but for this blackberry, I would move it and not prune it until next year. The alternative is to prune those canes that fruited last year and leave the others alone.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 7:07AM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

What I don't understand is the wall looks somewhat white, which reflects heat, not absorbs it, so confused how that could fry a plant? I use light colored pots to keep roots cool. As light colors do not absorb heat. My raspberries are against a red brick wall and are fine.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 8:13AM
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garrai81

Thanks for all the posts.

I will prune just a little, and will move, and will use the stakes to add wires to.

Yes, I plan to get the grass up from the entire area, as it will be a garden for vegetables, too.

Mac

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 8:30AM
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larry_gene

A light-colored wall will also reflect UV, and that can add to fruit damage for some varieties of blackberry--that would eventually appear to be fried.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 11:09PM
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