This thornless blackberry, bred at JHI, produces a very high yield of top quality fruit.Ordering Information
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.
9cm pots: 255 per hundred
2 Litre pots: £465 per hundred
3 Litre pots long cane: £800 per hundred
NB: Loch Ness is slow to establish and achieve its full yield potential.