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    hi all, im a gardening noob, infact me any my fiance have recenlty moved into a house and really want to make the most of the garden, we have zero experience and the garden has no plants at the moment still we are aiming to get good results this first year.
    therefore iv been googling around have opted to get some of the reuben blackberries, the website says that they grow more up right than other blackberries,
    what would be a proper way to train these? i plan to grow these along with joan j raspberies so i will probably be making some sort of square shaped wire thing with raspberies and blackberries
    cheers everyone

  • #2
    Raspberries first decide whether you want autumn or summer fruiting.
    Blackberries do take up quite some space - How much room have you got?
    They can also be found in the hedgerow so probably wouldn't be one of my first choices in fruit to grow.
    Blackcurrants are really easy to grow, so are gooseberries. Tayberries are delicious. So have a look around before purchasing anything.

    Supporting /training for raspberries and blackberries are very different.

    Have a read here

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=93

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-y...it/raspberries
    Last edited by Scarlet; 27-02-2019, 10:38 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Centiweasel View Post
      hi all, im a gardening noob, infact me any my fiance have recenlty moved into a house and really want to make the most of the garden, we have zero experience and the garden has no plants at the moment still we are aiming to get good results this first year.
      therefore iv been googling around have opted to get some of the reuben blackberries, the website says that they grow more up right than other blackberries,
      what would be a proper way to train these? i plan to grow these along with joan j raspberies so i will probably be making some sort of square shaped wire thing with raspberies and blackberries
      cheers everyone
      If I were you I'd go for growing the blackberries along something like a wire fence or wooden panels - its easier to see what you are doing when you are picking or pruning them and for tying the new growth in. You can grow new plants by letting the tips root down on the ground in the late summer.

      Later on if you fancy trying the plants in a different shape growing layout you'll have a bit more idea on what might work best for you.

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      • #4
        Iíd avoid the blackberry variety Reuben. I havenít grown it myself, but a number of people have reported it doesnít grow well in the British climate. Basically, whereas most blackberries grow new canes one year and then produce fruit on those canes the following year, Reuben has been bred to complete the full cycle in a single season, fruiting on canes grown earlier the same year. But obviously that requires a long growing season, which we donít reliably have. There are lots of other good compact blackberry varieties, Loch Ness and Loch Tay are ones that are widely available and recommended by the RHS, or the Navaho varieties developed by the Swiss nursery Lubera are really excellent.

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