The name says it all, Blackberry Thornfree is a thorn-free blackberry plant that can be grown against a wall or trellis. The canes are totally thornless making them easy to train and prune, and ideal for children. The juicy fruits crop in late August to September and are large and shiny with a good flavour. This Blackberry plant has fairly pretty foliage that gives a good display of autumn colour, adding an aesthetically pleasing element to the fruit patch. Poor drainage and damp soil is no challenge for this tough variety.
Blackberry bushes can be planted close together to create a ‘hedge’ of blackberries or as individual bushes at approx. 1m apart.
Our grown Thornfree Blackberry bushes can be planted at any time of year, whereas bare root blackberry bushes need to be planted between November and March. If you are not planting bare roots straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your plants. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in, gently firming around. If you’re planting within a couple of days, you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed.
Whether planting a pot grown or bare root blackberry plant, start by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your planting site. Dig a square hole slightly deeper than your root mass and twice as wide. To help your plant establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown bushes or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees). 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 the 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 Thornfree 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 fruits begin to swell, water again.
Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Installing mulch matting 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.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when 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.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
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. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.
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||£14.99 (VAT Free)|