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Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus

$39.95

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Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry Planting Mix

Helps your Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
$6.95
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)



Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

4-5 ft.

Mature Width:

3-4 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

3-5 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Moderate

Harvest Time:

July - August

Fruit Color:

Black

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):

150

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Rubus fruticosus

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

The fastest fruiting Blackberry shrub

Most Blackberry varieties only produce fruit on canes that are two years old, but the 'Prime Ark Freedom' Blackberry produces fruit on new canes. With this shrub you'll get delicious blackberries up to a year sooner than other blackberry varieties.

This vigorous shrub produces large, juicy berries twice a year. The new canes have berries ready to be harvested early in the season, and the old canes produce a second crop later in the season. You'll get twice the amount of berries!

Don't worry about pricking your fingers while you harvest large amounts of berries, because the 'Prime Ark Freedom' Blackberry is thornless! It's the only thornless, first year fruiting variety available. You and your children can pick plump berries all summer without any fear of getting pricked.

'Prime Ark Freedom' Blackberries are firm, and full of sweet juices. They make for an excellent snack to eat fresh, pick a few and place them in your yogurt or ice cream for an invigorating treat. These berries are also excellent for baking, and make some of the sweetest pies and jams around.

Due to its compact size, only growing about 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide this blackberry shrub perfectly fits in any garden. Use them to line fences or patios, giving your yard a beautiful, lush green look.

If you're looking for savory blackberries that are produced up to a year sooner than the competition then the 'Prime Ark Freedom' Blackberry is for you. Order yours today, before they're gone!


During the summer months, leaves on your blackberry bush may start to change colors, similar to how maple trees change in the fall. Don’t worry, as your Blackberry plant is concentrating its energy on fruit production. This is normal and may be more prominent in areas of the country with very hot growing seasons.




Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry Pollination

Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Taste Wonderful!!!
Came really healthy. Even had a few berries on it which ripened and taste incredible!!! Lots of new growth on it. Very excited. This is a nice big healthy Blackberry.
July 19, 2018
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Growing Zone:
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Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry


Prime Ark Freedom Blackberry  Planting Diretions

The Prime Ark Freedom blackberry (Rubus fruticosus ‘Prime Ark’) is a thornless blackberry that will fruit within the first year and can produce 2 annual crops. These compact plants can fit into any small garden as they only reach 4-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at maturity. They provide delicious fruit that are perfect for baking, freezing or eating straight off of the cane. This is a cold tolerant blackberry taking temperatures all the way down to -20 degrees and only require 150-200 chill hours, so you can get delicious berries even in southern climates. Growing in USDA zones 4-8, they work well in all but the most extreme hot/cold zones. These blackberries are self fertile, so you only need one to get berries, but will significantly increase your crop by adding a second plant nearby.

Selecting a location: When scouting out a spot for your blackberry bushes, avoid low sitting areas of your yard that collect a lot of standing water or that may be prone to flooding. Also, keep in mind the amount of sunlight that area gets a day. Blackberries prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. For the best berry production make sure that your bushes get at least six hours of sunlight each day. For a hedge, plant your blackberries about three feet apart.

Planting Directions:
1) Once you have the location for your bushes selected dig a hole three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Take a pitchfork or shovel and run it along the sides of the hole to loosen the soil and remove any dirt clumps, rocks, or grass from the hole.
3) When it’s clear of debris, place your blackberry bush in the hole and make sure that it’s level with the ground and backfill the hole. Use a mixture of your native soil (60%) and sandy compost (40%) to fill the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill to remove any air pockets that may have formed.
4) Once you’ve finished this process, give your bush a long drink of water and mulch around the base to conserve soil moisture.

Watering: Keep the soil moist, but not over saturated. Blackberries need about an inch of water of week and more during times of drought. Check on your soil once a week, if it’s starting to dry out then it’s time to give your bush more water. Due to the shallow rooted nature of these plants, they shouldn’t dry out down to six inches below the surface of the soil. However, be careful not to overwater your plants, it’s important not to over saturate the soil. The amount of water needed will depend on your climate and the time of year.

Fertilizer: Blackberry bushes don’t need regular fertilizing unless you know that your lawn is lacking in nutrients. Also, fertilizing your bushes can increase growth and fruit production. You’ll know when your blackberry bush needs fertilizing because it’s leaves will show some signs of discoloration. It’s best to fertilize early in the spring before new growth starts to emerge, then again after your berry harvest. Use a well-balanced, general all-purpose fertilizer like formula 10-10-10.

Pruning: Pruning will help increase your blackberry crop and keep your bushes healthy. After a year of growth in the early spring, take a sterile pair of sharp hand pruners and remove the tips of each woody blackberry cane. If they’re shorter than 24 inches long, only remove the tip back to about an inch. This will cause the bush to branch out wider and produce more berries.

After your berry harvest, it’s time to clean your blackberry bushes up. Blackberries will only produce on canes that are two years old, meaning once the cane has produced berries, it won’t produce more. Prune spent canes back to promote the growth of new ones.

Weed Control: The best method of removing weeds and suckers from around your blackberry bushes is to get a firm grasp on them and pull them upwards out of the ground in a twisting motion. Placing a 3 inch thick layer of mulch around your bushes to prevent weeds from growing. Mulch will also help the soil retain moisture.

Pests and Diseases: Some of the most common pests for blackberry shrubs include spider mites and birds. To rid of bugs like mites or worms, spray your bush with an all-natural organic pesticide. Birds can be trickier to get rid of. Place fake owls or snakes around the bushes to scare them, or cover your bushes with bird netting.

Common diseases for blackberries include different types of mold and fungi. These can be prevented by removing dead or damaged branches. Doing so will prevent chances for infections and the spread of pathogens. If you see any spotted leaves or branches, remove them. Molds and fungi can be treated with the use of organic fungicides.

Pollination: Most blackberry varieties are self-pollinating. However, having two or more shrubs will greatly help with pollination and you’ll have a lot more berries to harvest. With multiple shrubs, more pollen is transferred from bloom to bloom by natural pollinators like the wind and bees.

Planting & Care

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