When do blackberries slow down?
I have some first year plants that are in the ground since July 1. They have been growing like crazy but I am starting to see a little slow down. They are still growing but not as fast. Do the plants start their dormancy around this time or do they shut down after the first cold spell? I have black Satin, Triple Crown, Marion, and Ouachita. I am thinking that they may have too much water as I water twice per week. Temps have been around in the 90-95 range. My soil is more on the clayish side but I have amended the soil 1 to 1 ratio, so I do get good drainage. Part of me thinks that I am "over thinking" this since the plants still look healthy and have some noticeable growth. I posted a link to my berry blog. If you double click on the photos, you can see close up detail. I would also like your opinions of the trellis and soil around the plants. The soil looks dry around the basin, but is damp once the top layer of dirt is removed.
Thanks in advance.
Here is a link that might be useful: Recent Blackberry photos mentioned in my post.