Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root
Soil Type: Loamy Soils
Site Selection: Full Sun
Mature Height & Width: 4-5' Height and 3-4' Spread
Growth Rate: Fast - 12+" per year once established
Moisture Requirements: Average, well drained soils
Rubus fruiticosus 'Chester'
Chester Blackberry is a firm and flavorful berry. The self-pollinating, semi-erect, thornless canes will produce abundant berries. Delicious freshly picked or for making preserves and baking. Sweet, firm fruit retains rich, glossy, deep color. Chester is a summer-bearing floricane (late July to mid-August, based upon location) which exhibits resistance to cane blight. A floricane produces berries on second year growth. Canes which have produced fruit (the floricanes) should be cut down to the ground in late winter because they will not produce again. Also, remove all but 3 or 4 healthy primocanes per plant in late winter. Spacing is 3-4' x 8-12'. Stake or train onto a trellis. Good winter hardiness.