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Chester Blackberry Bush

Thornless Blackberry Bushes
  • £17.50 (VAT Free)
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Blackberry Chester is an excellent late season, thornless blackberry variety. The blackberries are particularly sweet and tasty, perfect for eating fresh or used in cooking. This is a self-fertile variety and produces large crops from late August onwards.

The canes are practically thornless and can reach up to 4 metres in length. For best results, we recommend providing support for the canes. Blackberry Chester grows in a range of conditions, from full sun to partial shade and copes well with wet or windy conditions. Another advantage of this variety is its excellent disease resistance

AKA Rubus fruticosus 'Chester'

  • Use: Dual purpose, Cooking & Eating
  • Cropping period: Late season
  • Pollination: Self fertile
  • Position: Full sun or partial shade
  • Latin name: Rubus fruticosus 'Chester'

Planting Advice For Blackberry Chester Bushes

Chester Blackberry bushes can be planted close together to create a ‘hedge’ of blackberries or as individual bushes at approximately 2m apart. Our pot grown blackberry bushes can be planted at any time of year, whereas bare root blackberry bushes need to be planted between November and March.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root blackberry, start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your planting site. Dig a square hole slightly deeper than the root mass and twice as wide. To help your plant establish, you can apply root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown plants or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root ones). Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil and 50% compost. Use this to fill in the hole and firm around gently, avoiding banking soil up around the collar of the plant.

Unlike other fruit plants, blackberry bushes are best trained using a post and wire system. Using two stakes at either end, secure several rows of horizontal wire approximately 30cm apart starting with the lowest wire 90cm from the ground. Ensure your wires are taught and train the stems of your blackberry bush horizontally so they create a fan shape along the wires.

Watering Blackberry Chester Bushes

If you’re planting blackberry bushes in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Keep an eye on young fruit bushes and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil a few centimetres and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once you see your fruits begin to swell, water again.

Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.

Pruning advice for Blackberry Chester Bushes

In autumn, cut back the stems which have produced fruit to just above ground level. Then in spring and summer secure new stems onto the wires. Tidy up any dead shoots in February.

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We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

Pre-orders
We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections
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The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

 

Plant Specification Root type Supplied Size Form Price Quantity Qty
Chester Blackberry Bush Root type: 3L pot* Supplied Size: 40-60cm Form: Bush Chester Blackberry Bush Price £17.50 (VAT Free)
3L pot* 40-60cm Bush £17.50 (VAT Free)
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