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.
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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 Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry is a new variety of Blackberry from the Southern Living Plant Collection! The legends are true about the Prime-Ark Freedom. It’s thornless, it’s a Primocane (which means that it fruits on the first year’s growth), and it produces huge berries! The average Prime-Ark Freedom blackberry weighs about 9 grams, however, 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 year’s growth. These blackberries are quite tasty. They’re outstandingly flavorful but slightly less so than the delectably flavorful 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 has reached maturity.
This Blackberry is perfect for the Southern U.S. due to its impressive heat and humidity tolerance.
Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry Care
The Prime-Ark Freedom Thornless Blackberry is hardy from USDA Zones 6-9. 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.
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.