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Blackberry 'Loch Ness'

Rubus fruticosus 'Loch Ness'

Blackberry (Eng.), Swartbessie, Braam (Afr.)

The 'Loch Ness' blackberry is a high yielding, thorn-free bush that can produce up to 3.6kg of large, firm, glossy blackberries from autumn to early winter. They can be grown in a large pot in the sun or trained against a wall or fence.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Fruits ripen in autumn. Pick fruits regularly keeping the central plug within the fruit.

Propagation

Seed
Stratify seeds in the first year. Sow seeds shallowly. Keep seeds moist and plant out in Spring.
Layering
Tip layer in late summer to early autumn. The young shoots are bent over to the ground and covered with soil and left throughout autumn and winter. In spring, cut the new plant away and replant.
Cuttings
Root or leafy stem cuttings can propagate effectively. Plant 10-15 cm stems in moist sand. Once rooted, plant out. Take 7-15 cm root cuttings in autumn and cold store. Plant out in Spring in same soil mix 5-7 cm apart.
Suckers
Suckers can be removed from the parent plant and replanted.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be grown in a large container in the sun.
Autumn colour
The leaves turn rich shades of deep red before falling.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The fruits can be eaten raw or made into jams and desserts.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White, Pink
Scent
None

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