Black Berry 'Chester'
Perfect fruits are very rich and jet black.
At the close of the blackberry season, here comes the granddaddy of them all, the prolific and rambling blackberry Chester. Managing the robust plant's meandering vines is well worth the fall harvest of near-perfect fruit. Chester's medium-sized jet black berries are exceptionally sweet and rich. Allow fruit to ripen on the vine for easy harvesting.
Prepare your soil and plant as early as spring permits; frost will not harm them. Plant spacing is 3 feet apart within the row and 10 feet between rows. Proper planting depth is 1-2 inches lower than the nursery soil line (dark brown line on cane). Dig holes that are large enough to prevent roots from crowding together. Place roots in hole and fill with soil. Pack firmly for good root and soil contact. Water the plants in well. Trellising your plants helps keep them manageable and healthy.
Apply Evolve All Purpose Organic Fertilizer May.
Pruning has a major impact on the production of quality caneberry fruit. It will affect growth rate, fruit number, size, and disease susceptibility.
Will produce a heavy crop of fruit on first-year canes near the end of the season and another, lighter crop on the same canes the following summer. Some gardeners prefer to allow their plants to produce the first, bigger crop on first year canes. Cut all the canes to the ground in early spring when the plants are still dormant. If you'd rather allow the canes to produce their second harvest, you'll need to leave the first year canes intact after they have yielded their harvest. Cut the second year canes to the ground after they have produced their early summer crop.
Pests & Diseases:
Generally free of pests and diseases. If birds are eating too many berries, we recommend using BirdBlock Protective Netting.