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Question: 496-1011
Can Blackberries be grown in container pots? Carol, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Blackberries and raspberries are best harvested on two and three year old wood. You need to take out older canes right down to the ground each year. Lateral growth is encouraged to provide a good crop. Containers will only inhibit this process. A good handful of 5-10-10 fertilizer tossed on the ground will go a long way each year.

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Question: 617-3811
My blackberries did well with a lot of fruit this year. They do have a bronze color to the leaves. Is this a problem? Jim, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
I would not worry about this. Blackberries naturally develop color in the fall. Many areas of the midwest experienced dry conditions this summer. You obviously mitigated this short fall. When plants are stressed they are genetically triggered to produce more fruit for seed. Remember to leave only one year stalks for fruit bearing next year. Tag them and cut the rest to the ground in the winter, when they are easier to prune.

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