Blackberry Plants


 

Enoch’s Berry Farm has propagated and sold blackberry plants since the late 70’s.  Cheyenne was

our first blackberry for U-Pick in 1978.  We have been a licensed propagator of the University of Arkansas Blackberries since the first patented varieties were introduced in 1985. Our plant nursery

is inspected and licensed by the Arkansas State Plant Board (Lic.#13 -0081-n).



We propagate Kiowa, Natchez, and Apache.

Our plants are one year old, field grown without the use of herbicides.                                           There is also a royalty charge on the patented varieties.




Royalty fees are collected for the Univ. of Arkansas and contribute to the support of their research in new fruit varieties. Royalties fees are:     Apache-pat.#11865 -  plant=$.15  root cutting=$.08

                                                                 Natchez-pat.#20891 - plant=$.20  root cutting=$.20

                                                                 Kiowa - pat.#9861 -    plant=$.10  root cutting=$.03




                                                               

         Root Cuttings

                                  

                            Patented varieties have additional royalty fee.    Kiowa=$.75/bundle

                                    Natchez=$5.00/bundle.         Apache=$2.00/bundle 

                             Shipping is $5 for 25 to 100 root cuttings  $10 for 125 cuttings and up.














             KIOWA  ROOT CUTTING                                    NATCHEZ ROOT CUTTINGS

          Apache and Kiowa root cuttings tend to be a bit smaller diameter and hairier.

    The bundles are 25-30 cuttings.  70%-80% 0f the root cuttings I planted this year have sprouted.














           APACHE ROOT CUTTINGS


If you are not satisfied with your order, please contact us within ten days for return instructions. Please prevent the plants or roots from drying out.  We will replace your order or give a full refund

at your request. 


2012 NATCHEZ  pat.#20891

This was the forth crop from the Natchez and the berries, again, were BIG and beautiful.  It was

the earliest blackberry ready for picking this year. We started picking the Natchez in the last week of May. Natchez has a “running” type of growth unlike the erect growth of Apache and Navaho. 

There is some work in tying up the branches to get those nice big berries but It looks like

it’s going to be worth it. 


2013- The Natchez blackberry was a failure this year. The plants bloomed and put on a heavy

crop of berries, but the leaves never developed. The leaves that did come out were half regular

size or less.  Plants are solar powered so the leaves control the development. The Natchez came

out early and we had some freezing weather after it started to leaf out. I had a row of Apache right

next to the Natchez and it did as you might hope for. Good fruit and good primo-cane growth for

next year’s crop. The Natchez had very poor primo-cane production. There won’t be a crop of Natchez next year off these two year and older plants. The Natchez root cuttings I planted last

winter did not do as good as in past years, but I did get a stand that should produce next spring.


I don’t know whether this failure is the result of weather or it is a Natchez problem. It doesn’t

appear to be a generalized blackberry problem as the Apaches did fine. I would be interested in hearing from any blackberry growers as to how their plantings are doing.

My plants in the propagation area look fine.

I’ve been working outside for 45 years and things out there just aren’t like they used to be.

 

  For descriptions of the University of Arkansas blackberry varieties use this link to the University’s Horticulture Dept. website.











    Receiving Your Plants or Root Cuttings                                 


It is not critical to plant them right away (but planting as soon as you can work your ground is always best). They are fine in the bag as long as they don’t get too hot and they don’t dry out. If they look dry I dip the plant or the bundle of plants or roots in a bucket of water and then give the plants or roots a good shake to get rid of the excess water. Keep them closed in the bag until your conditions are favorable for planting.

I have kept them in bags up through April in my barn. Plant as soon as conditions are favorable in your location.

The plants were sprouting pretty well by April, right in the bag in the dark.

If it is going to be get cold down to sub twenties then I throw a blanket over my bags of plants for the night.


Planting


Root cuttings should be planted horizontally at about 2” to 3” deep.

The soil should be kept moist and weed free until the plant comes up.

The blackberry sprout will have a reddish color when it breaks the surface.

Space “trailing” varieties such as Natchez at 3’ to 4’ apart. “Upright” varieties such as Apache, Kiowa, or Navaho should be spaced 2’ to 3’ apart.

Bare root plants should be planted at about the depth that they were growing before they were dug.

                                            Natchez Blackberry - May 2012

                                                          (see below)


             We are not able to ship any plants or root cuttings at this time.