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Blackberry 'Navaho' (Thornless)
Item BL106

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!

'Navaho' is the world’s first erect-growing thornless blackberry. What a delectable way to end the summer – with a huge, juicy-sweet crop of Blackberries from thornless bushes that let you harvest all you want without drawing blood! Navaho is a very hardy, heavy producer you will come to rely on for a feast of scrumptious fruit! 'Navaho' is delicious when eaten fresh and super for pies and jams. It ripens in Michigan around the 1st of August and bears for one month. The large, deep blue to black, shiny fruit can easily be harvested in the home garden because no trellises are needed for this erect variety.

'Navaho's sweet fruit grows up to an inch long, and yields 12 to 15 pounds of fruit. 'Navaho' reaches 4 to 5 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide, and is hardy to -9 degrees F in the north, right into zone 10 in the south and west! A sun-lover that's very easy to grow, Navaho is a terrific garden performer!
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Size: #1 RC · Hardiness: Zones 6-10

Height: 4-5' · Spacing: 3-4'

Botanical: Rubus fruticosus 'Navaho'

Exposure: Full Sun - Partial Shade · Harvest: August

Fruit: Deep Blue to Black · Foliage: Green

Notes: Huge, juicy berries to finish the season! Thornless shrubs simplify picking! Deciduous fruiting shrub produces white flower clusters are followed by the beautiful fruit that ripen in August. Tall-growing, over 4 to 5 feet high. Considered by many to be the best thornless blackberry variety. Vigorous and hardy. Blackberries fruit on two-year old canes. After they have finished fruiting, the canes should be pruned away at the base. The fruit attracts birds. The brown thrasher, gray catbird, northern cardinal, northern mockingbird, and white-eyed vireo commonly nest in blackberry and raspberry thickets. Flowers attract butterflies, notably the western tiger swallowtail. Although the flowers are attractive, this blackberry is grown primarily as a fruit crop and is not considered appropriate for ornamental use.

Pests: Anthracnose, botrytis and verticillium wilt can be serious disease problems. Cane borers and crown borers are potential insect pests.

Planting instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is about 1-2" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize at planting and again in late spring.

Choose a sunny site in your garden with good air circulation and water drainage and a pH of 6.0-7.0. Keep roots moist until planting. Work plenty of organic matter into the soil and mulch to keep out weeds. Plant as soon as the soil has warmed. Trim canes to encourage new growth. Plants should be set out at least 2 feet apart in rows 7 feet apart. Trellising is beneficial for cane support. These summer-bearing berries produce fruit on second year canes (floricanes). In the fall of the 2nd year, prune spent canes at ground level and thin others to approximately 4 canes per foot of row. Cut off suckers which grow outside of rows. Trim remaining blackberry canes to 7 feet.


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