Pruning Blackberries and Trellis
I planted Black Satin thornless blackberries that I purchased online in spring this year. I have really neglected maintenance on them and have not build a trellis for them yet. They have really grown well and are sprawled all over the ground.
I finally have some time and would like to get them tied up on the trellis. I have been doing some reading online on how to prune them but it seems like most sites reference summer pruning instead of fall neglected pruning...ha.
At this point, I probably need to leave them alone for winter? Seems like in general it is a bad idea to prune plants right before winter right? There was one cane that produced some berries, so I believe I need to remove that cane.
All of the canes that grew this year should fruit next year correct? Should I go ahead and tie them to the trellis when I get it built? Should I leave all of the canes or cut some off? I have seen a couple videos where leaves, etc are removed on the bottom 18" or so of the plant to try to prevent disease from moving up the plan. Is this necessary?
These are probably some newbie questions but I just need a little nudge in the right direction since winter is upon us.