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Thread: Those of you who grow blackberries...

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    Super Member Favorite Fabrics's Avatar
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    ... do you prune them?

    The variety I have - Illini - would probably get ten feet tall if they didn't fall over sideways first.

    They're vigorous, winter hardy, and ... SOUR!

    But seriously, should I be pruning them to keep them "in bounds"?

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    I can't help you but will keep watching as I just planted 3 last year.

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    We dont prune ours, neithre does my mom. Maybe we should?

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    They grow rampantly wild in Oregon. We don't have to plant them!

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    We have pruned them back, but only 1/2 at a time. It seems like we didn't get berries off of the newer growth.
    Our bushes if not pruned, the stalks get very large and woody, and the thorns are huge.

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    Ours are growing wild in the neighboring lot (hope noone ever buys it!). The deer get most of them! The rest we seem to eat as we pick!

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    You PLANT them??? LOL

    Our entire back yard would be taken over in one summer if we did not hack them back every week. I bet our house would be covered after 2 years.

    They grow new branches every year to bear fruit, so cutting them back is probably a good thing. If you insist on "growing" them.

    Seriously, you can walk down almost any street around here and just eat as you go when the blackberries get ripe.

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    My husband grows one in a huge pot and yes prunes at end of season...We do get blackberry's as we eat them as we pick them...just a snack...
    I guess a seed dropped and a vine started under our deck so I just transplanted into the garden...Hoping it takes off but by the sounds of it I might regret that.

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