Thornless blackberry for Florida?

alh_in_flSeptember 16, 2013

Can someone suggest a good thornless blackberry for north Florida?

The wild, thorny ones grow like crazy here so hopefully there's a thornless variety that will do as well??

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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Ochita take heat well here zone 8b plants stop growing in july and august some of september then if cools they take off growing. Thorny but the Tupy should work fruit low chill hours. Blackberry plants heavy feeder to make fruit 10-10-10 and chicken nasty make good December fertilizer I go online to pense nursery to buy my plants they high up in ozarks in Arkansas if order they ship after freezes there so plants be dormant ask if can leave alot roots on plants that good in sandy land they will drown in wet place.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2013 at 5:14PM
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The Apache grows in zones 6-10, the Natchez in Zones 6-9; so either of those will do. The Natchez is the better of the 2.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 6:36AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Apache Wont work here in zone 8b, but Arapaho will work berries small.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 11:49AM
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Of the Natchez and the Ouachita, which takes heat better?


    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 3:17PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

I am in zone 9 Florida and grew them both and they did just fine with the heat. I was disappointed in the flavor of them both. I Like Kiowa much better though they are thorny so don't meet your criteria.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2013 at 4:46PM
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Bamboo rabbit-
Yeah I do need thornless-- I was asking because my son wants some for his raised garden box and he won't want to mess with thorns if he doesn't have to. (Kids these days!! I used to go out in the woods and pick wild ones for my mom to make pie out of, and I'd get all scratched up and I didn't care. The pie was worth it. :-) )

    Bookmark   September 21, 2013 at 4:16PM
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