The Q&A Archives: Planting blackberry bushes

Question: I have some blackberry bushes. We live in the flood plains of Missouri. It gets VERY windy. Will this affect the bushes? Do I need to plant them near a wind block?

Answer: Wind can be a problem. Harsh winter winds might be very damaging. Blackberries bear their fruit on second year canes, so if the canes are winter damaged you may not have flowers and fruit the following season. Also, they do best with an evenly moist soil while the fruit is forming. Winds can be very drying, so this might have an adverse effect during the fruiting stage as well. You might want to check with your local county extension and see what they would recommend. They will have a more specific idea of how windy it is where you want to plant, and also on which varieties of blackberry tend to do best in your local area with the local soil and weather. Good luck with your crop!

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