Blackberry ready for frost and winter - Knowledgebase Question

Indianapolis, In
Question by kentuckywoma3
October 14, 2009
I have a new blackberry plant just put out this spring that is still extremely green and looking good. Weather is getting cold fast here in Indiana how do I prepare the plant for the frost and winter that's coming on strong? Thank you

Answer from NGA
October 14, 2009


Blackberries are quite hardy so you won't need to do anything at all for your plant. Even if the canes die down to ground level over the winter months, new canes will emerge in the spring. If the old canes do not die down completely this winter you can prune them back by half in the spring to encourage new growth. It is the new growth of the season that develops flowers and fruit so you'll want to prune your plants back every spring to encourage new growth. Enjoy!

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