Raspberry and blackberries - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Itzyespin
April 1, 2010
So I've heard that rasberries and blackberries need sandy soil I am planning on growing my in container so I was wondering if is OK to add play sand to the organic potting soil I have and how big the container needs to be my plants are 3 to 3 and a half feet I got them couple of weeks ago and they are groing fast Heritage(red raspberry)and thornless blackberry(rubus)can they be next to each other?

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2010
Blackberries and raspberries need soil that drains quickly which is why they grow well in sandy soils. However, if you grow yours in containers, the soil will drain well without the addition of sand. If you can plant them in huge containers such as half whiskey or half wine barrels they can grow happily for many years. They can be planted together in the same container. Enjoy!

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