Septic and blackberries

cath923November 15, 2013

We are unfortunately having to have our whole septic system replaced within the next two weeks. I have moved masses of perennials but still have a row of beautiful blackberries growing a couple of feet from the side of the new drain field, which is totally eliminating my vegetable beds. My reading suggests that is not a good plant to have there so I feel I need to move them as well. Winter has not yet set in but temperatures are getting closer to freezing. Should I attempt to dig them up now or should I wait? Or should I leave the plants and layer them to start new and then remove them completely once I have replacements? Or just leave them alone?

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Canadian forums are extremely slow, you may have more luck to get answers on Fruit & Orchards forum (unless you tried already).
I don't have any experience growing these, so can't help.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 7:39AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)


Welcome to the forum!

I don't have much experience with blackberries either. I would say that if the plant is losing it's leaves it has gone dormant and would be safe to move.

Rina_ is right, this forum is usually quite slow. The most active canadian forum is Far north and it has a bunch of very knowledgeable folks. You also should post as recommended.

Good luck


    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 10:39AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Dbl post

This post was edited by SouthCountryGuy on Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 11:49

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 10:40AM
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Thanks both of you. I'll repost where you suggest.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 6:37PM
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Cath for as long as your plants are dormant, you can replant them now or you can wait til spring before it wakes up

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 12:39PM
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What's the worry....roots clogging the tile bed or septic water trans-locating to fruit?

Can't comment on #1 but Rubus sp. aren't exactly willows in either size or vigour. #2 is only a concern with toxic compounds (metals, some organics). Fecal coli-forms and other potty sort of things won't trans-locate. It all depends on what you're dumping into your septic system.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 8:39AM
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