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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 7, 2017 8:57 PM CST
In my zone is it possible to grow black berries or any of the hybrid brambles fruits in a large pot in the spring and summer what are good varietys to grow


I do have an unheated porch and garage to store them in winter
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 7, 2017 9:50 PM CST
I've never heard of growing a berry bush in a pot.
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DavidLMO
Feb 7, 2017 10:16 PM CST
They are NOT going to be happy. Find hardy plants for your area and get them in the ground. I have been gardening for 40 years and never heard of growing berry plants in pots successfully up North.

Check with your local Extension office or web site.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 7, 2017 10:30 PM CST
I don't think bramble-type berries would do well in any sort of pots, either. Alex, I can't remember what your growing situation is, but if you have any outdoor space at all I'm confident that there are varieties that will grow in-ground for you; check with your county extension service.
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 8, 2017 7:28 AM CST
We already have a bramble patch I guess I wanted to have my cake and eat it too


Oh well
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 8, 2017 8:51 AM CST
You can grow blueberry bushes in pots -- I put some half-high blueberries in large pots in order to better control the soil pH for them and they're doing quite well (someday I might even get enough berries to do more than just nibble out in the garden). Smiling
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Feb 8, 2017 4:44 PM CST
I've never heard of anyone growing blackberries in pots either, other than for sale. But is that because they don't do well in pots or because they are thorny, and terribly unruly? Qualities that simply do not make any plant fun in any pot. I can't think of any specific reason why they might not be "as happy" in pots, than a blueberry, for instance. They aren't particularly susceptible to warm soil, poor drainage or drying out. I have seen some nice currant bushes fruiting in pots, here in Minnesota.

David, I also have been gardening for 40 years and never heard of growing berry plants in pots successfully up North. But that's because I have never seen it tried at all. You have seen people try growing brambles in pots, unsuccessfully? Or just not seen it done (?).

At any rate, raspberries are more hardy in Minnesota than blackberries. Alex, you would want to be sure you have a blackberry variety that is hardy here. Really though, with any bramble in a pot I think you will find the trouble isn't worth the outcome.

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