Blackberry ( Rubus ) - Natchez / Size 1
Natchez Blackberry / Rubus

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*Availability Status: Winter dormancy - Estimated avail spring 2023
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 12" - 16" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $7.95

Product Code: BLKNAT1

Rubus 'Natchez'

Overall Description

Natchez Blackberry boasts huge very flavorful, deep, dark purple / blackberries that are produced on THORNLESS, vinelike canes. Yes, that's right - THORNLESS!! Takes the hassle ( and the hurt, lol ) out of harvesting these delectably sweet berries. The berries produced by Natchez are also considered to be larger than most typical blackberry varieties - being slightly more elongated, reaching a length of up to 1 1/2". Fruit holds up well after picking, making Natchez a great selection for use in jams, pies, or just eaten fresh. Very heat tolerant, with a rapid growth rate.

First year canes are called primocanes - two year old canes are floricanes. the main difference being that Natchez will produce fruit only on the floricanes...........or the second year canes. They will produce in two year cycles, and therefore, it is recommended that any fruit bearing canes be pruned back to just above soil level at the end of each season. That way, they can start anew the next season with 100% new growth, allowing them to hold the maximum amount of fruit in year two. It is also suggested that first year canes be trained & supported onto a trellis, or some other supportive structure system - this will also help the canes to produce and sustain the maximum amount of berries.

Small flowers are produced in early spring, and are a white color, with an occasional pinkish tinge. Fruit is then set after pollination, and grows until ripening takes place in mid summer.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 4 - 6 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 10" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist - acidic, well drained. Mulch & high organic content recommended.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous - Bright green leaves are fairly large with slight serration around the edges.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers & Berries - small whitish pink flowers begin to appear in spring ( May in East TN ), followed by fruit set. Fruit begins to ripen in mid summer ( mid June thru early July in East TN ).

--Diseases / Insects :
No serious problems, threats, or pest issues to speak of with this Blackberry shrub.

--Recommended Spacing :
3 - 5 ft apart recommended if planted in groups

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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