Blackberries have come along way since they grew wild in hedgerows – and nowhere is this more in evidence than with the introduction of a new variety from D. T. Brown for the 2017 season. Black Cascade is the first naturally dwarfing and compact blackberry of its type. Bred by leading blackberry breeder Professor John Clark at the University of Arkansas, USA, it is an autumn-cropping, primocane variety which can be grown successfully in a hanging basket or other patio containers.
Black Cascade is thornless, will fruit in its first year, and three plants will be enough to fill a 35-40cm (14-16in) basket. When watered well and fed regularly while in active growth, the three can produce up to 1.3kg of fruit from August until well into October. The large, attractive berries are sweet and juicy, whether eaten straight from the plants or cooked as pies, crumbles or made into jam.
- T. Brown’s Tim Jeffries says “Many of us don’t grow blackberries at home due to fears of rambling plants, or we just prefer gathering them from hedgerows, but this patio variety gives everyone the chance to grow a few at home. Coming for such a renowned breeding programme, we thought DTB customers would want to try this superb, prolific fruiting variety”.
Once fruiting has finished, the plants should be cut back, kept relatively dry during the winter months, after which they will shoot the following spring, when watering should begin again. Primocane blackberries produce fruit on growth made in the current season. The plants should last for up to three years in the same hanging basket before requiring potting on to larger containers.
Plants of blackberry Black Cascade are supplied in 9cm pots, and are available to order from September 2016. Despatch will be in spring 2017. One plant costs £9.95, or three can be bought for just £19.90, a saving of £9.90.
To order blackberry Black Cascade or to request a copy of the Fruit and Vegetables Catalogue 2017, write to D. T. Brown, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or go online www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk