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Kiowa Blackberry Bush

Rubus Watson 'Kiowa'

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Largest Blackberry Fruit You’ll Find

The Kiowa Blackberry is not just a really big berry, it’s considered the world’s largest blackberry fruit! Measuring up to 3-inches long, a mere 10 of these giants can top-off a half-pint container. Their sheer size alone can cut your harvest and production time in half!

Long Harvest Season Means More Berries
A robust grower, one plant yields about 8 to 10 pounds of ripe-from-the-vine-fruit each year. And with a harvest season that’s about six weeks long, it easily surpasses many of its blackberry counterparts. As early as May, berries begin to plump and ripen. By mid-June, you’re on your way to afternoons porch-side with a fresh-picked bowl of fruit nestled in your lap.

Enjoy Summer Greatness All Year
Unlike some fruit, these blackberries can be frozen and enjoyed in the winter months. They’re a delicious and nutritious addition to smoothies and yogurt.

Of course, during the summer months, your fresh Kiowa berries are packed with a sweet sugary tartness that’s ideal for cobblers, salads, even juices and wine.

During harvest season, storing the fruit properly is key to getting the most out of your crop. Blackberries can be delicate, so refrigerate any fruit that doesn’t get eaten the same day. The Kiowa are firm making them relatively robust; however, they still fair best stored in a single layer, loosely covered.

You’ll KNOW When These Berries are Ready for Pickin’
Growing your own berries is all about enjoying fresh fruit at the peak of ripeness. To maximize flavor, don’t pick them too early.

Blackberries ripen on the vine, so wait until they’ve turned all the way to blackish purple before making your move! During the harvest season, you’ll want to pick berries every 2-3 days.

Easy to Grow & Maintain
These plants require little winter chilling, only about 200 hours, and flourish in a wide range of climates (zones 6-9). Look for a sunny spot to plant your bushes, and expect to reap the rewards quickly. Although they can be trained to grow on a trellis, they don’t need the additional support that many blackberry species do. The Kiowa is an erect-cane species, meaning it stands up on its own.

As a self-pollinator, you can get started with just one plant making them a great option for small spaces or those wanting a container plant. However, if you have some elbowroom, a hedgerow is the best way to manage this thorny variety.

Strategically positioned, they are a tasty natural barrier for any unwanted traffic patterns across your garden or yard.

The Kiowa berry bush is low maintenance and resistant to disease. As an upright, trimming the new shoots a few times each growing season and cutting back the producing canes after the season ends goes a long way in keeping berries within easy reach when it's time to start picking.

Ready for a large harvest of big, juicy berries this upcoming season? Order your Kiowa Blackberry bush now and we’ll ship it right to your door.

Full Planting & Care Instructions

Product Details

    Mature Height:6 ft.
    Mature Width:6 ft.
    Sunlight:Full Sun
    Growth Rate:Fast
    Harvest Time:June-July
    Year to Bear:Can Fruit the 1st Year!
    Botanical Name:Rubus Watson 'Kiowa'
    Does Not Ship To:AZ,OR
    Grows Well In Zones:6-9 outdoors
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    Growing Zones: 6-9 outdoors

    (hardy down to 0℉)

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    Based on 52 reviews


    Beautiful and already blooming!

    Pretty impressed with this little shrub, we just planted it, so unsure how it will do, but it arrived with a small berry and a flower already! What a beautiful surprise! I hope it takes well to the soil. It seems very healthy and was pleasantly surprised by its condition when it arrived

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    Barbara H.
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    Very healthy plant

    It arrived on time in perfect health. I kept it indoors a couple of days and let it get used to light again. Then planted it in its big half barrel pot outside. It is doing very well.

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    Christopher B.
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    Healthy plants

    All 4 plants that I ordered are growing well since delivery. No fruit yet but lots of new growth so far..

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    Gage G.
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    Growing nicely

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