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  • Eventual height: 2m
  • Eventual spread: 1.8m

blackberry 'Merton Thornless'

blackberry or Rubus 'Merton Thornless'

5 year guarantee Perfect for pollinators
40% OFF bare root fruit
bare root plant £8.99 £5.39
£8.99 £5.39

This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: tolerates most
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Producing a generous crop of delicious, mid-season berries, this relatively compact blackberry is ideal for smaller gardens. The thorn-free stems make it easy to harvest the relatively large and succulent berries, which are a staple in summer puddings - if you can manage not to eat them all straight from the bush!

  • Garden care: Bare-root plants should be planted out as soon as they arrive. If this is not possible, they can be heeled in temporarily (covering their roots with soil) or potted up. Before planting, soak the rootball in a bucket of water for half an hour and make sure to incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole. Remove all weeds and allow 3m between each plant and 1.8m between rows. Once planted, shorten the canes to about 23cm (9in). Each spring, mulch well with well-rotted manure. Plants flower on one-year-old wood, so the new canes need to be separated from fruiting ones. After cropping, cut the fruiting canes down to the ground and tie in the new ones that have grown that year.