A member of our community garden association has inquired about planting...

Asked May 21, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

A member of our community garden association has inquired about planting blackberry plants. The plots are small so there is concern about the plants sending out runners and invading neighboring plots. I was informed that certain types of blackberry plants are non-invasive and do not send out runners. Is this true? For instance, are thornless blackberries one of these types?

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1 Response

True, thornless blackberries do not send out runners and you do not need to worry about it taking over the garden. The old-fashioned thorny blackberries were the ones that spread all over the place. The Thornless berries will require some pruning and will need a trellis support of some type.
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