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Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry PPAF

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$35.49
  • Thornless Southern Living blackberries
  • Matures to 5-6′ H x 5-6′ W
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 6-10
  • Plant in a full sun location
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Description

The Prime-Ark® Freedom Thornless Blackberry is a new variety of Blackberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection! The legends are true about Prime-Ark Freedom. This blackberry is thornless, a Primocane (which means it fruits on the first year’s growth), and it produces huge berries! The average Prime-Ark Freedom blackberry weighs about 9 grams, and, the largest recorded berry weighed 16 grams!

This fruit is quite plentiful. Traditionally, fruit from the second year’s growth is slightly larger than fruit from the first. These blackberries are also pretty tasty. They are as flavorful as the Osage Thornless Blackberry. Furthermore, they’re notably sweet but slightly less sweet than the decadently sweet Navaho Thornless Blackberry. Expect these berries to start ripening from mid to late summer.

This variety has an upright growth habit. Therefore, it doesn’t spread naturally. However, branches that touch the ground can sprout roots.

The Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry matures from 5-6′ H x 5-6′ W. So you can look forward to some considerable harvests once it matures.

This Blackberry is perfect for the Southern U.S. due to its impressive heat and humidity tolerance.

*The Prime-Ark® Freedom Thornless Blackberry is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter, expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry Care

The Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry is hardy from USDA Zones 6-10. It will go dormant in winter and return with new foliage and growth in spring.

Plant in Full Sun for best results. Blackberries need a lot of sun to produce berries.

Water 3-4 times per week during the first growing season. During the second growing season, water 2-3 times per week. Afterward, supply it with water during times of extended drought and heat.

This selection tolerates many different types and qualities of soil, including clay soil!

Fertilize with an organic balanced fertilizer in early spring for best results.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry Spacing Recommendations

We recommend 5+ feet of space between Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry plants. This gives you plenty of space to pick the berries, as well as for sunlight to reach the leaves.

  • Scientific Name
    Rubus Hybrid 'Freedom' PPAF
  • Hardiness Zone
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Flowering, Sun Loving, Edible
  • Feature Color
    Blue, Green
  • Uses
    Accent, Container, Mass Planting
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Summer

Growing Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10

Map of USDA Zones 6-10
Prime-ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry
Southern Living Plant Collection

Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry PPAF

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The Prime-Ark® Freedom Thornless Blackberry is a new variety of Blackberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection! The legends are true about Prime-Ark Freedom. This blackberry is thornless, a Primocane (which means it fruits on the first year’s growth), and it produces huge berries! The average Prime-Ark Freedom blackberry weighs about 9 grams, and, the largest recorded berry weighed 16 grams!

This fruit is quite plentiful. Traditionally, fruit from the second year’s growth is slightly larger than fruit from the first. These blackberries are also pretty tasty. They are as flavorful as the Osage Thornless Blackberry. Furthermore, they’re notably sweet but slightly less sweet than the decadently sweet Navaho Thornless Blackberry. Expect these berries to start ripening from mid to late summer.

This variety has an upright growth habit. Therefore, it doesn’t spread naturally. However, branches that touch the ground can sprout roots.

The Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry matures from 5-6′ H x 5-6′ W. So you can look forward to some considerable harvests once it matures.

This Blackberry is perfect for the Southern U.S. due to its impressive heat and humidity tolerance.

*The Prime-Ark® Freedom Thornless Blackberry is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter, expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry Care

The Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry is hardy from USDA Zones 6-10. It will go dormant in winter and return with new foliage and growth in spring.

Plant in Full Sun for best results. Blackberries need a lot of sun to produce berries.

Water 3-4 times per week during the first growing season. During the second growing season, water 2-3 times per week. Afterward, supply it with water during times of extended drought and heat.

This selection tolerates many different types and qualities of soil, including clay soil!

Fertilize with an organic balanced fertilizer in early spring for best results.

Pot size

  • 2 Gallon
  • 2.5 Quart
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