Why tie a blackberry
Blackberry shoots grow very quickly and can reach 2 m in height. If you do not provide them with support in time, the branches will simply fall to the ground. At best, you will get a meager crop of small berries, and at worst, the bushes will break even before the blackberries are harvested.
In addition, tied plants are better illuminated by the sun, which increases the number of ovaries and the quality of the fruit. It becomes easier for insects to pollinate the flowers. And thanks to good ventilation, the blackberry will be less likely to get sick and be attacked by pests.
When to tie a blackberry
Tying begins in the spring, when the snow melts and a stable positive air temperature is established. Do not despair if for some reason you did not have time to do this at the beginning of the season. A support for bushes can be built throughout the summer, even when the blackberries have already set berries. Of course, in this case it will be more difficult to cope with overgrown stems, but this way you will save your crop and prevent the branches from breaking under the weight of heavy brushes with fruits.
How to tie a blackberry in a bunch way
The method is considered one of the simplest, because it does not require much time and special effort. Drive a support about 2 m high into the center of the blackberry bush. You can use wooden stakes, metal rods, the remains of plastic or iron pipes. Gather the stems around the post and attach to it at a height of about 1.5 m with a rope or twine.
Please note that this method has significant drawbacks. In a bunch, the stems and ovaries will not be sufficiently illuminated by the sun and poorly ventilated, which can provoke the development of fungal diseases in the plant.
How to tie a blackberry in a trellis way
This method is convenient to use when there are a lot of blackberries growing on the site. Drive in two supports 2 m high along the edges of the row – wooden stakes, boards, pieces of pipes and fittings will fit. If the bramble is large, place more posts so that the distance between them is at least 4 m.
Between the supports, stretch the wire or strong twine in three rows: the first is half a meter from the ground, the second is another half a meter and so on. Place each shoot vertically and tie it to the wire with a rope or piece of thick fabric.
How to tie a blackberry in a single way
On small household plots, only a couple of blackberry bushes often grow. In this case, you can do without complex supporting structures. It is enough to drive a peg near each shoot – from a tree, a board or a piece of pipe. The branch must be tied to a support with a rope or twine in two or three places so that it is confidently held in a vertical position.