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Loch Ness, Blackberry

This thornless blackberry, bred at JHI, produces a very high yield of top quality fruit.

The fruit is large, typically 5 grams or more, very firm and glossy black with an excellent flavour when fully ripe. Yield is good with picking commencing in early August and continuing until the first frosts.

Loch Ness has good resistance to Purple Blotch and Botrytis but warm, wet weather in June can highlight the variety’s susceptibility to Downy Mildew (Peronospora rubi).

The inherent quality of this variety and, in particular, its winter hardiness, make it one of the best adapted for the northern European climate. Loch Ness produces strong semi-erect and erect canes which are a pleasure to train compared to other cultivars.

On well established plants, tip pruning of newly emerged primocanes is recommended. Planting distances vary from 1.25m to 2.0m depending on soil fertility and irrigation.

CAC Grade

9cm pots: £330 per hundred
2 Litre pots: £600 per hundred

NB: Loch Ness is slow to establish and achieve its full yield potential.

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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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