The Navaho 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.
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What to do when a dormant plant arrives:
- Unpackage on arrival and water
- Your plant will be ready to be planted in the landscape or in a container on arrival, or if you wish you can keep your new plant in its container until spring that is ok too
- If planting in the landscape
- Consider using a root stimulating fertilizer to get your plant working hard establishing its root system during the winter months
- Use a heavy Layer of mulch to protect the unestablished roots from frost
- If planting in the landscape
- Dormant plants do require some watering: once a week should be sufficient
- When Spring arrives and your plant begins showing signs of new growth increase your watering schedule to 2 times every 7 to ten days until established, then water as needed. Apply a slow-release granular fertilizer to give your plant a great start
The Navaho Thornless Blackberry is a brand new blackberry from the DownHome Harvest Edible Collection! This blackberry is self-fertile and produces plump berries that ripen in early summer. Furthermore, it’s renowned for its delectably sweet fruit. In fact, these berries are the sweetest between the three blackberries in this collection, which also includes the Osage Thornless Blackberry and Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry.
The Navaho Thornless Blackberry has attractive true green leaves grouped in threes. This foliage is deciduous and relatively fast-growing.
Keep in mind that this is a Floricane blackberry. This means that it fruits on growth from the past year. Therefore, be sure not to trim this variety in early spring. Instead, if you wish to trim your Navaho Thornless Blackberry, do so immediately after the harvest.
This variety has a naturally upright growth habit, so it makes picking fruit a breeze and rarely spreads. However, if a cane touches the ground for an extended period of time it can root.
The Navaho Thornless Blackberry reaches 4-5′ H x 3-4′ W so get those berry harvesting hands warmed up!
Navaho Thornless Blackberry Care
Hardy in USDA Zones 6-10, but will go dormant every winter.
Plant in Full Sun for best results. Blackberries need a lot of sun to produce fruit. Too little sun exposure leads to decreased berry production.
Water 2-3 times per week for the first growing season. During the next growing season, water 1-2 times per week.
The Navaho Thornless Blackberry tolerates most types of soil, including those with high clay content.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced organic fertilizer, or a specific blackberry fertilizer.
Navaho Thornless Blackberry Spacing Recommendations
The Navaho Thornless Blackberry is noted for its dense foliage growth, and even functions well as a hedge if so desired. However, we recommend spacing them 4+ feet apart in order to have easy access to the fruit from all sides.