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'
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.
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.
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.
1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.
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. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has 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 can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo 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:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||type||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|40-60cm||3L pot||£21.99 (VAT Free)|