Growing Zones: 4-8 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 3-4 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 3-4 ft.
- Full Sun
- 1-2 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- up to 2 ft.
- Botanical Name:
- Rubus x 'APF-236T' Bushel and Berry Baby Cakes
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Sugary and Sweet- Packed with Flavor!With it's delicious taste and tantalizing aroma, this is sure to become one of your favorite blackberry bushes to grow!
• The sweetest blackberry you can grow!
• Almost no thorns... no pricking your fingers
• Enjoy multiple harvests of berries each year
• Perfect when grown on your patio
Large and Luscious Blackberries Ready to Harvest in July
That's what you'll get from your new Baby Cakes Blackberry plant - a taste sensation that's wrapped in a large package and tied with a bow of sweetness. After eating only one berry, you'll wish you'd ordered more than one plant! These berries are full-sized, even though they grow on dwarf plants.
There are Practically No Thorns!
Yes, you read it right - there are basically no thorns on this revolutionary blackberry plant. You'll see pretty smooth canes, and your hands and arms will thank you! The presence of thorns is perhaps the primary reason that keeps people from picking blackberries, but Baby Cakes Blackberry solves this problem in a big way. Oh sure, you can sometimes buy blackberries at your supermarket, but they do not compare in flavor or texture with fresh-picked berries. After popping a supermarket blackberry into your mouth, you resolve to try your hand once more at picking fresh berries. (You're just hoping that your hand and arms don't look like you tangled with a cat afterward.) Why not simply stay scratch-free and harvest blackberries from your own thornless Baby Cakes Blackberry plant?
Picking blackberries can be a hazardous undertaking as you carefully reach through the sharp thorns to pluck the berries. If you protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and gloves, you'll quickly discover that it's hard to pick blackberries while wearing bulky gloves. Your fun outing to gather blackberries ends up giving you more painful scratches on your hands and arms than sweet berries in your basket. It's time to ditch the long sleeves and toss the gloves because we have a safer solution - thornless Baby Cakes Blackberry (Rubus x 'APF-236T' Bushel and Berry™ Baby Cakes™)!
Not One, But Two Harvests Each Year
In most regions, Baby Cakes Blackberry plants produce two harvests each year. Get ready for a midsummer treat when the first fruits ripen. And then wait for the encore - another crop that begins ripening in mid-autumn for a late-season finish!
Dwarf Blackberry Bush with a Manicured Shape
Baby Cakes Blackberry plants are so much more manageable than conventional blackberry canes that sprawl all over the place. But don't mistake "dwarf" as a teeny-tiny plant that you can barely see - Baby Cakes Blackberry canes grow up to 4 feet tall, but they're classified as "erect canes," which means their growth is upright. This makes the berries so much easier to harvest!
An Ultimate Container Plant
You may not have considered growing a fruiting plant in a patio pot, but Baby Cakes Blackberry will change your mind. Choose a large pot - 24 to 36 inches in diameter - to give your plant plenty of growing room. This plant is a beautiful compliment to a rustic barrel-type planter. And what could be easier than tending a container plant?
A Charming Fruiting Hedge
Plant a row of Baby Cakes Blackberry plants for an instant fruiting hedge! This hedge can define your property lines by forming a living fence. It's a landscape design two-for-one - you have design definition in your landscape ?… plus a hedge that bears delicious and healthy blackberries!
Won Best in Show at the 2016 Farwest New Varieties Showcase
You don't have to take our word for applauding this plant. When Baby Cakes Blackberry made its debut into the horticultural world, it earned the top judge's award - Best in Show - at the 2016 Farwest New Varieties Showcase, an event produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries. After competing against 55 plant competitors in five categories (trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and vines), Baby Cakes Blackberry was the hands-down winner.
Selective Breeding with No Genetic Modification
Baby Cakes Blackberry is a result of the University of Arkansas blackberry breeding program, which was founded in 1964 by Dr. James N. Moore. It's important to note that the plants produced by this breeding program have not been genetically modified. They are all results of selective breeding by naturally crossing different types of blackberry plants.
Baby Cakes Blackberry Can Produce an Abundance of Fruit Alone
For many fruiting plants to bear fruit, you have to plant a pollen partner - a nearby companion plant that lends its pollen to fertilize the flowers. Without fertilized flowers, the plants cannot bear fruit. But Baby Cakes Blackberry plants are self-fertile, which means that a single plant can produce fruit without any help from another plant. This is great news if your growing space is limited, or if your small patio is the sunniest spot in your landscape!
A Low Chill Hour Requirement Excellent for Growing in Zones 4 Through 8
Then you'll definitely want to order Baby Cakes Blackberry! Some fruiting plants, such as many types of apples, can only set fruit in climates with long, cold winters and a high number of "chill hours." This designation represents the number of annual hours that register below 45 degrees F. Baby Cakes Blackberry has a low chill-hour requirement - only 400. So even if you live in a warm climate within Baby Cakes Blackberry's perennial rage across USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 8, you can grow this outstanding fruiting plant!
Health and Nutritional Benefits of Blackberries
Did you know that blackberries have one of the highest-tested antioxidant levels among fruits because of their dark color? These all-important antioxidants help fight cell damage in the human body, and they are measured as ORAC values (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). Oregon State University notes that blackberries have a higher ORAC value than blueberries! Blackberries are also fiber-rich, packed with Vitamin C, and they contain natural compounds that have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and antiviral qualities!
Let's Start Planting
• Find a sunny site. Blackberry plants need lots of full sun to maximize their fruiting potential.
• Good drainage. Your Baby Cakes Blackberry plants won't like to sit in soggy soils, which can cause their root systems to rot. Plant where the soil drains well - in an area that doesn't still hold standing water several hours after it rains. Consider planting in raised beds or large pots to provide excellent drainage.
• Water. You'll water new plants more during their first year of growth until they become established. Remember that moist soil is good; waterlogged soil is not. If you're growing Baby Cakes Blackberry plants in large pots, the soil will dry faster, so you may need to water container plants two or three times each week during hot summer months.
• Soil pH. An ideal soil pH is 5.5 to 6.5, the range in which Baby Cakes Blackberry plants grow best.
• Fertilizer. Take a soil sample to your local Cooperative Extension Service for evaluation. They'll give fertilizer recommendations based on the soil-test results. In the absence of a soil test, a general rule of thumb is to apply a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-20-10 (or an organic equivalent) after your plants show new growth. Don't add fertilizer to the planting hole; wait until the plants begin growing to fertilize them.
• No trellising or staking. Other types of blackberry plants require support to keep their canes off the ground and the berries from spoiling. But because Baby Cakes Blackberry plants are upright growers, you do not have to install stakes or construct a trellis system to support their growth.
Easy Pruning Guidelines
Don't worry; you don't have to be a pruning expert to keep your Baby Cakes Blackberry plants tidy! But with a few pruning tips, you'll make sure that your plants continue to be prolific producers.
• Don't prune plants the first year you plant them.
• Let your plants go dormant in winter without pruning them.
• In spring, you'll see new green sprouts emerging from the soil around your plant - these will bear fruit the following year, so don't cut them back.
• You'll also see new green growth sprouting on some of the canes - these will bear fruit in the current year, so don't cut them back.
• You may see some canes that are not sprouting new growth - remove these by cutting them all the way back to the ground.
That's it - you'll prune only once a year by making a few cuts for abundant harvests of blackberries!
Fresh is always best, but you can always freeze a surplus of berries by using either of these methods:
1. Freeze berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and then pack the berries in a plastic freezer container or plastic freezer bag. Seal the container and freeze.
2. Make a simple sugar syrup by dissolving 2 cups of sugar in 4 cups of water. Fill a plastic freezer container with fresh blackberries, and pour the syrup over the berries. Seal the container and freeze.
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