Sweetie Pie Blackberry
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"Sweetie Pie" is sweeter than any other thornless blackberry with 10-12% sugar! Scrumptious flavor in a juicy, glossy black, plump berry makes this a winner for home gardens and U-Picks. Ripening mid-June to late July, the fruit is so soft and succulent that you'll be lucky to ever get it to the kitchen! It's just ideal for munching in the garden, and the flavor and texture are indescribable - they bear no resemblance to the tasteless fruits offered at the supermarket!
Blackberries are native around the world in more temperate areas. Canes that sprout are biennial, meaning that they produce fruit two years in a row before needing to be pruned off. Berry varieties labeled as “everbearing” signify that the plant will produce fruit on biennial canes and new, smaller canes. To distinguish blackberries from raspberries, a very tell-tale sign can be seen from the fruit. Blackberries are solid fruit with no holes when picked off the bushes; raspberries are hollow once picked. Blackberry cultivars can be grouped into one of three categories based on growing habits - erect, semi-erect, or trailing.
Well-equipped for the heat with sweet berries to boot, Sweetie Pie will be a fan-favorite at your next barbeque. A mid-to-late summer producer, Sweetie Pie produces some of the sweetest, juiciest berries out of all the blackberry varieties. The medium to large berries is ideal for eating fresh or making jams, jellies, and even juice!
Height: 3-5 ft
Spread: 3-5 ft
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
How to Grow
Sweetie Pie thrives best in total sun exposure to produce the best fruit crops. Blackberries enjoy being planted in soil that is acidic, rich in organic matter, moist, and well-draining. Be sure not to plant blackberries in wet, soggy soil; these berries do not enjoy having wet feet. If the landscape has clay soil, planting raspberries in raised beds would be a great option to enjoy growing your fruit. After fruiting, prune all canes that produced fruit. Thoroughly prune late winter to early spring to remove any damage occurring during dormancy. Blackberries are self-fertile, so you do not need to plant another blackberry bush.
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