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Chester, Blackberry

Bred in Maryland, USA, Chester’s combination of high quality fruit, excellent flavour and a late season has resulted in its becoming one of the most popular varieties in the UK.

Well presented, shiny black fruit of 5-6 grams with an attractive fruity flavour and superb shelf life are typical of this variety. The berries do not soften or lose their attractive shine under hot conditions. The picking season begins in mid-August in the UK and normally continues until the first frosts, although quality declines in early October.

The yield potential of this variety is unequalled. The variety is extremely vigorous producing semi-erect thornless canes. In our experience, Chester thrives on heavy, non-irrigated soils. Disease resistance is excellent with no evidence of Downy Mildew or Purple Blotch.

Plant spacings of 2.0m to 2.5m are recommended. Tip pruning of newly emerged primocanes is essential.

CAC Grade

9cm pots: £275 per hundred
2 Litre pots: £545 per hundred

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How To Grow – Plant in a sunny position with free draining soil. If you have chalky, sandy or heavy clay soil, improve with plenty of bulky organic matter before planting. Allow spacings from 2m to 3.5m per plant and support the stems using framework or train against a trellis or wall. Apply a layer of organic mulch annually ensuring that this is not too close to the new growth to prevent rotting. In autumn, prune the canes which have fruited to ground level whilst the canes which have not fruited should be ‘tied in’ to their supports.

More Information – Potted bushes are available from our nursery all year round. The prices listed are for quantities per thousand, if you wish to place a smaller order please get in contact with a member of the team.

Delivery – Please let us know when you are ready – we will not send plants without prior notice from you. Orders are despatched by parcel courier or pallet network depending on the size, weight and dimensions. Unfortunately, at this moment in time we are only able to deliver plants to UK based addresses, however if you would like to discuss the option of an export, please send an email to liam@rwwalpole.co.uk.

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