Height: 4 -6 feet
Spacing: 3 ft
Sun/Shade: Full/part Sun
Apache berries are the largest of all the thornless berries and are nice and sweet. Very productive Apache ripens mid to late June. Hardy in Zones: 5 - 9.
Navaho is a very popular variety. Yielding a bumper crop of large, firm, early, sweet fruit. It establishes itself quickly and shows good heat tolerance as well as cold tolerance. Hardy in zones 6-10.
Plants will be growing in 1 gallon pots and may be dormant depending upon when you receive them.
Blackberries (Thornless & Semi-erect)
Some type of trellis support is recommended and a 3-4 wire trellis works best for this type of plant. Tip 1st year canes when they reach 5 feet high in midsummer. Canes that fruited can be removed anytime after they have been harvested. Thin the remaining canes to 8 canes per running yard of row. If grown in a hedgerow, thin canes to 6-8 canes per hill. Wrap the laterals around the wires before Mid-September, before canes become woody and brittle.
Sometimes thornless blackberries are managed by tying them to a stake. In the staked-hill system, the canes are wrapped around a stake 2 inches in diameter, tied in 2 to 3 places, and cut off to the height of the stake at 5-6 feet above ground level. The plants are set 5-8 feet apart in every direction and restricted to a clump. This is an easy to maintain system and can be an attractive addition to the home garden landscape. A trellis or staking is highly recommended for the semi-erect, trailing blackberries in order to keep the fruit clean and minimize canes breaking.