Will Chester and 3xCrown blackberry suckers come true

paulns(NS zone 6a)August 18, 2014

The Chesters put up a few suckers every year, the Triple Crown now and again...Will they come true? I'd like to share plants with the people who ask about them.

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yep, that's how it works.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 11:25AM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

Mine all have. They taste great.
John S

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:37PM
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paulns(NS zone 6a)

Maybe my question should have been, is it possible these varieties were grafted. I didn't see grafts/graft unions on them. There are so many kind of plant propagation they're still something of a mystery to me.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:22PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

No, brambles are never grafted to my knowledge. The "union" is simply the crown of the plant from where the new canes originate.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:27PM
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You will occasionally get new plants from the roots of these semi-erect blackberries but it is much more likely that these varieties will propagate when the tip of a cane touches the ground for an extended period of time and forms roots directly from the cane, thus forming a new plant asexually (essentially a clone of the parent).

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:53PM
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paulns(NS zone 6a)

Our climate causes some winter kill every year and seems to keep the canes shorter than they would be in warmer zones so they don't tip-root on their own and we haven't had much success with doing it manually...

But thanks everyone, I'm reassured that the plants I share, given the same care, will produce as well as ours do.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 11:48AM
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