Help! Illini Blackberry planting question!
A question concerning planting some Blackberry's that are not dormant in my still cool climate.
I just got an order in of Illini Hardy Blackberrys...
They came in with "bare-root" scratched off the shipping form and "TC" written in, looks like this means Tissue Culture. They came in with some other Blackberries and Raspberries that are typical bare-root dormant stock.
I don't want to start naming company names as possibly I did not understand when ordering - but I could swear I asked if all stock was dormant bare-root, as I didn't want anything not dormant.
Anyway, these Illini's, are little plugs, green growing plants, I'm worried about planting them outside here in my 8000 foot zone 4 that has another few weeks of freezing temps...although this week is supposed to be nice sunny 60 degree days, nights are still freezing for a few weeks.
Any ideas of what to do? Plant outside, and mulch the top with straw for a few weeks? Pot up in my greenhouse, then attempt to harden up and plant outside in a month or so?
Anyone ever grown Illini's in pots indoors? ; )