moving blackberry bushes

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by nobs, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. nobs

    nobs Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    When do I transplant blackberry bushes? Will they grow in any kind of soil? Thanks
  2. cowboy joe

    cowboy joe Hired Hand

    Sep 13, 2003
    western New York
    I usually move them in the spring, mainly due to time constraints. I dig up a root ball with a couple of small canes. I've tried moving bare rooted plants but found that moving the root ball method works better, at least for me, and I rarely lose a transplant. The canes will remain green through the year but without any fruit until the second year.

    I've never tried moving any during the fall but perhaps they will bear earlier if you do. You'll want to cut off the mature canes before you move the plant. They are too big, sometimes over 8', and won't bear anyway. A good pair of leather gloves will keep you from getting stuck with the thorns.