What is this?

SBlakeSSeptember 18, 2011

I was picking blackberries in my back yard and realized I was completely surrounded with whatever this vine is. It is growing along the ground and covers quite a bit of my yard. There is also quite a bit that looks exactly like this except that the leaves are red. I don't think it's poison ivy but I want to be sure before I let my wife and daughter back there.

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I just did a vine identification on the internet and it looks like it may be blackberry still but none are growing.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 7:32PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

The reason for that is that they are the first year's growth. First-year canes are called primocanes. They emerge from the soil and grow but do not fruit. Primocanes become floricanes the second year. Floricanes fruit and then die. Each cane lives only two years. Pinching (tipping) the top 2 to 3 inches of the primocanes increases branching and fruiting the next year, if you are into growing some blackberries. By the way, they can spread and get out of hand unless you maintain tight control!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 8:21PM
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Thank you. Glad to hear it's nothing dangerous. Haha. They are DEFINITELY out of control. I just bought this property and it was vacant for 2.5 years. I'll clear it as I can but in the meantime, I'm enjoying the blackberries. Thanks again for your help.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:55PM
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