September 7, 2011 at 12:21 am #255683
Everyone I have spoken to has said that the blackberry plant that is classed as a weed tastes the best. Are you allowed to grow in your backgyard? How do you stop it from spreading?
Is anyone growing at the moment? Where do you get it from?September 7, 2011 at 12:35 am #507581Forest RavenMember
👿 Ummm… I’m busy ripping out as much of that weed as I can! Not seen too many fruits on our stock, which is the nature of uncultivated varieties… but if nurtured a little perhaps it will reward. We picked some from the roadside in Strahan which were going well (and tasty!). I’m sure you can dig out some plants if you come to Tassie! Plenty of it here! Bring gloves – the thorns are lethal!
Cutlivating: definitely put in a root barrier, e.g. corrogated tin dug into the ground by 50cm or so. Roots don’t seem to go too deep, but defnitely spread sideways.
If you can’t find any locally, and don’t feel like a holiday to this lovely state, check the quarantine rules for SA, then let me know how much you want and how you want it packaged. No guarantee on quality though…
Honestly, I’d recommend raspberries. Much more controllable, friendly and tasty. We have really good ones of them! :woohoo:September 7, 2011 at 12:40 am #507582
Thanks Forest Raven, I have 10 raspberry canes planted, so maybe I won’t worry about blackberries then… I’ll think about itSeptember 7, 2011 at 12:41 am #507583geminiscMember
i’ve seen blackberries being sold in bunnings.
perhaps try growing in tubs/pots and netting?September 7, 2011 at 1:14 am #507584
Pretty sure you can buy them, we have heaps growing in the neighbours property along the river, I picked heaps last season, made it into jam and sold it, people love it. The next closest berries would be Youngberry (which we have)Marionberry, and I think Loganberry, they are all alittle bit larger then the common blackberry.September 7, 2011 at 1:45 am #507585porgeyMember
You can buy cultivated thornless Blackberries. Never tried them but if your keen worth a try.September 7, 2011 at 1:59 am #507586mauziMember
Yes Porgey, the ones you purchase through the nursery’s are thornless blackberries and larger than the thorned varieties. Very nice tasting and quite a different plant.
The thorned wild varieties usually grow where the soil has been disturbed or in less fertile soil. When we had wild blackberry in northern NSW we used goats to eat them down and then got a soil test, improved the soil and the blackberries disappeared as the soil improved.September 7, 2011 at 2:27 am #507587IdunaMember
As far as I found on the gov websites for SA about the old type of blackberries is that it’s classed as a weed, you are not allowed to plant new plants if you are found to have done that then they fine you and they come and rip out the plants and poison what ever is left and charge you for the removal. I just went and bought the thornless types, better to be on the safe side.September 7, 2011 at 2:43 am #507588Bandicoot ValleyMember
There are heaps of plants growing wild around the hills. We pick from roadsides, even though we have wild blackberry growing here too. We can’t take it all out because it’s good bandicoot habitat too. Perhaps next season you could come blackberry picking with us?September 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm #507589
Just make sure the ones on the roadside are not sprayed BV, most of the time there will be signs up warning you. Note: Most of the time :SSeptember 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm #507590Bandicoot ValleyMember
They generally don’t spray around here at fruiting time because it would poison people, animals, etc. You’d usually see die off fairly quickly, so we do our best to play it safe. I think most people in this area love being able to pick them.September 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm #507591
WhoopsSeptember 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm #507592
BV, they usually spray Blackberries before fruiting, dieback is actually usually pretty slow, residue will be in the fruits, its pretty toxic crap they spray so just be careful and enjoy your BBs 🙂September 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm #507593mountainmumMember
I bought a thornless blackberry this year from garden express (online) supposed to be non-suckering variety (Our council are very strict on blackberry as a weed). Only just starting to grow so I can’t comment on it yet!September 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm #507594
Thanks everyone for your replies. BV I’d love to go blackberry picking next year 🙂
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