RUBUS fruticosus BLACKBERRY Loch Ness 3L
This superb compact variety bred by SCRI is a breakthrough in blackberry research and has a different type of growth to standard varieties. It is now the number one variety used by commercial growers. The cane are vigorous, spine free, semi erect and very easy to manage. Heavy cropper, capable of producing 3.6kg (8lbs) of fruit per bush. The high quality fruit is firm, conical, glossy-black and has a good tangy flavour similar to wild blackberries. Perfect selection for small gardens. Highly recommended. Eventual height: 2m (6.5ft). Eventual spread: 2m (6.5ft). Cropping season: August-September. Self fertile.
This product is supplied in a 3L pot but is not necessarily pot-grown.
Plant 3m (10ft) apart in rows.
Best grown against a fence or wall for support in well-drained but moist, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade.
Soak the root-ball before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix an organic soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established.
Fruit is produced on the previous year’s stems. Tie in the new shoot – these will flower and fruit in the second year. Cut away the older stems and replace them with new vigorous shoots. Cut back damaged shoots in late winter and apply a general fertiliser.