bigpinksApril 21, 2012

What is the best thornless blackberry in your opinions?

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The ones bred by the University of Ark. program are great, EXCEPT they are very marginal in terms of cane hardiness in Zone 6. I lose the canes about 3 years out of 4. But, that 4th year, which is THIS year due to the exceptionally mild winter, will be great -- they look fantastic now, and I know I'm going to get a ton of nice berries.

I have tried Chester, and its a dog - very weak for me, planted right next to all of my other blackberries which thrive, so it's not the conditions, and it hasn't done anything to speak of in 3 years.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 12:27PM
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bennylafleur(6 E. Tn.)

I have Navaho, Chester, and 2 other from Arkansas, and Triple Crown beats them all in my soil.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 3:33PM
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Mine are Apache and Arapaho and I could get cuttings from these six plants but I wanted to check to see if I might be smarter to not put all my eggs in the same basket. This is the second yr and the plants have covered a 6'x 15' cyclone fence. They are 20% bloomed and covered with buds so I guess I will see how they finish.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 4:36PM
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glenn_russell(6b RI)

My Chester's are very productive, but they never really get sweet. My favorite is Triple Crown, followed by Doyle.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 6:07PM
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For me Doyle is the most productive (by far). The next is Triple Crown.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 8:49PM
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Triple crown, on average, has received the most positive comments on this forum over the past few years.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 11:42PM
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