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The blackberries are waking up. It seems the thorned varieties are growing like crazy while my thornless varieties have not reached their full potential.Image

You can see from the photo above that the thornless varieties are thriving but not as vigorous as the thorned varieties. The three blackberries from right to left are Triple Crown. The blackberry on the far left is the Black Satin, which experienced some die back. It too has new growth, but I may end up replacing it, if the plant appears to struggle again.


Pictured above is the Marionberry and behind it is a thorned Boysenberry. The plants have exploded with new growth.


The Olallie has made some progress but is not as vigorous as the Boysenberry or Marionberry.

There is a new thick primocane coming up on one of my Triple Crown Blackberries. I would like to see four or five more come out just like it.

Some more primocanes coming from another Triple Crown Blackberry.

Ripening Marionberries.

Triple Crown blackberry blossoms.


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The Blackberries are awakening and showing signs of life. The Black Satin Blackberry had some issues and there was some die off on three of the four canes. The fourth cane seems to be happy with new growth on it, but I will keep a careful eye to see if there will be some future issues. If you want to see a before and after of how far these plants came along, just scroll down a few stories to see when they were planted. You can click on the photos to make them much bigger. Double-clicking makes them give the finest detail.

You can see the brown canes that have died off. They were very small and week to begin with. There is one healthy cane that has new growth on the bottom, and further up on the blackberry cane.

Some new growth up 5 feet from the base of the Black Satin Blackberry.

Some new growth on the Olallieberry. I am quite surprised how fast this berry has adapted to being transplanted. There is a Kiowa Blackberry in the white bag sitting in wet sawdust chips for two months. I should transplant it to a pot at least. I don’t have any room to plant it at the moment. Maybe a backup if the Black Satin Blackberry dies?

The newly planted Marionberry is taking off too. With new growth coming from the base as well as new growth coming from the existing canes. You can see the Thornless Boysenberry in the background establishing new canes.

The Thorned Boysenberry is beginning to sprawl over the yard. I propped some of the canes over a shovel to keep the new growth from getting scorched on the hot ground. Once the canes are long enough, I will attach them to the trellis. Yes, you can see a bunch of Anna Apples in the lower right corner.

The Triple Crown Blackberries are the last of my berries to show any signs of growth. Seems like they wanted to sleep in this year.

Another close up view of the Triple Crown Blackberry growth. I should see a few berries this year.

Some more growth on another of my Triple Crown Blackberries.

Another view of the thorned blackberry patch. (Thorned Boysenberry, Marionberry, Olallieberry)

The Baba Red Raspberry is in a pot, but has managed to give me a handful of berries. I need to find a place for this berry. The flavor is awesome.

This a temporary home for this Baba Red Raspberry. I just need to keep it alive until the fall.

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I was getting real nervous about the thornless blackberry plants that went in the ground last July. They thrived right through fall and then came the winter rains which caused my berries to become saturated. The  Triple Crowns have nice green vines and the buds are swelling. I am finally seeing some green.  These are last years canes that will provide me with some fruit this season.  I have not seen new canes come from the crown of the plant yet. Hopefully, I will see some monster canes in the next few weeks. See photos below. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.

The buds are beginning to break on my Triple Crown Blackberries. I guess they wanted a little extra sleep since they are still growing.

Some more emerging growth from the Triple Crown Blackberry.

I am still worries about my Black Satin though. It has only one green cane and the rest have turned brown and are starting to shrink. It may have succumbed to the water logged soil. If the plant does not show signs of life, I will put another blackberry in it’s place. See photo below.

The Black Satin seems to be having a tough time. I will be patient. Eventually I may have to replace it with another berry variety.

The recently planted thorned varieties are doing very well. They are ill small since they were planted about a month ago. But they are showing new signs of growth.

The Boysenberry plant seems very happy. It should be very large by the end of fall.

The Olallieberry is planted in the lowest part of my yard and is underwater far more than the rest of the plants. I would say that this plant seems to be taking the abuse well.

Even the potted Marionberry, which I thought was dead over the summer from lack of watering is showing signs of life. I planted a month ago in the ground, not expecting much.

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Planted the Marionberry and Olallieberry and pounded in the trellis to support them. I hope there is enough room for the semi Dwarf Anna Apple Tree and the berry bushes. I think I will be trimming heavily over the next few years.

The Olallieberry will be trained against our outdoor dog enclosure, which our dog only uses during the heat of the summer. At least the plant will provide shade for her.

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I worked a couple of hours today, adding another two blackberry plants that are in the ground, (not in pots). That makes 6 blackberries that have escaped death because I sometimes buy the plants with all of the intention of planting them until a heat wave comes along and kills them. I planted an Ollalie Blackberry that was purchased from Walter Anderson’s nursery in Poway and a Marionberry that was purchased last fall at Home Depot. I also have three Triple Crown Blackberries and 1 Black Satin Blackberry that were planted last summer.  I have 5 varieties of berries planted with one more hole to dig tomorrow for a Boysenberry plant. That will be 6 varities TOTAL!  If you want a sure fire blackberry for Southern California, it has to be a Boysenberry. It is what made Knott’s Berry Farm famous.

In order for me to plant the Ollalieberry, I had to move a stack of firewood against our outdoor dog enclosure. It wasn’t too long after digging that discovered three irrigation pipes and an a low voltage irrigation wire. I gently dug around them for a few minutes and planted the Ollalieberry in my desired location. The Marionberry was planted about 5 feet away. This time I hit a drainage pipe and a large chunk of concrete. Again, I managed to dig around the obstacles to plant the Marionberry. I have to dig the third hole for the Boysenberry and then pound two 7 foot steel T-stakes for the trellis support. I will be sore tomorrow.

I also decided to get rid of my junk that has piled up. One of my lawn mowers that has seen better days will be donated to a lawn mower repair company, a kiddy pool and a really old toddler swing will be thrown out too. We have 2 planted climbing roses that have seen better days. They old roses will be chopped up and the pots will be cleaned and replanted with something fresh and new.  Hopefully, I will remember to take pictures and have the energy to post them tomorrow. You can double click on the photos below to get more detail.

Moved some firewood to get the Ollalieberry location right. As the plant grows, the tarp will be trimmed to expose the chain link that will be used to tie the canes upright.
I had to move the rocks from our fake stream bed to dig the hole for this poor Marionberry who was kept in a pot for 6 months. A trellis will be installed tomorrow to hold the canes off the ground.

Some of the junk I spoke of hiding behind the Anna Apple. It will be gone tomorrow!

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The berries might be showing signs of slowing down, but there are new shoots growing everywhere, so my guess is that they will go until the first frost. I can tell you with 100% certainty, that these 4 plants will overtake the small trellis that I have put up. At the time, I was thinking that I would have plenty of room. Next spring should be very interesting….

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The Black Satin has really impressed me. I first thought that is was less vigorous than the Triple Crowns. How wrong I was!

This Triple Crown Blackberry replaced my ailing Natchez Blackberry. With only a month in the hot summer son, it has 3 feet of new growth seen on the right cane.

Notice the very long cane on the Triple Crown blackberry plant to the right? I estimate this stem to be at least 14 feet after 3 months of growth.

This Marion berry is still potted with 10 foot canes. It will be planted in the fall.

The newest and last addition to the berry patch. It will be planted in the fall. I just do not have the room to buy new berries. 😦

The Ouachita Blackberries are hanging in there. They were clearance plants at Lowes and they have recovered quite nicely. There are two plants that will go in to the ground this fall.

I am happy to see a full recovery for the Natchez Blackberry and will try to plant again in the fall.

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My wife wanted the old fashioned Ollalieberry that she was used to over the years. She would purchase an Ollalieberry pie from one of the local pie shops when the berries came into season. After doing some research, I found that Ollalie’s will grow in San Diego, but the Marionberries are more prolific producers than the Ollalie and it is the offspring of the Ollaieberry and Chehalem blackberry.  It is the most widely cultivated blackberry in the United States and is decribed as the “Cabernet of Blackberries” in flavor. Technicially it is 50% Ollalie! I am planting this one on the other side of the yard away from major traffic as it has major thorns.  There is a natural wet area where the lawn slopes, and it should get full sun when the canes get over the 5 foot fence.

For those keeping count:

1. Old neglected Boysenberry x 1
2. Triple Crown x 3
3. Black Satin x 1
4. Marionberry x 1
5. Bababerry x 2 (Raspberry)
6 SCRATCH NATCHEZ – The recent heat wave is slowly killing it. I have decided to yank him up and replace with my extra Triple Crown that is not planted. (Survival of the fittest)

TOTAL : 6 Blackberryplants, 2 Raspberry plants. That will most likely be the end of it, as I have no more room. After a year or two, I maybe giving away the extra plants.


The thorny Marionberry has been allocated strictly for making my wife happy in her quest for the Ollalieberry pies.

The cute "peach fuzz" you see now will inflict some damage as a mature cane next year.

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