Blackberry Pruning and Fertilizing – Family Plot

– Alright, Mr D., here are our blackberries. – Okay. – What do you think about them? – I think a little good and a little bad. – A little bad? – This is the good, the bad, and the ugly. It looks likes we were about 50% successful
in getting the blackberry planting started here. This one is doing fine. We even have, if you go down here to the root
system, we’ve got another one coming up at the roots which is what these blackberries’ll
do. They’ll very quickly become a hedge and they’ll
be hard to contain when they really start doing well. We are rapidly reaching the point where we
need to go ahead and set a trellis system up of some kind because it’s outgrown its
fishing pole. The little cane, it’s kind of outgrown that. And these runners we’re gonna fertilize. I’ve brought some fertilizer today, and the
healthy plants are gonna start growing pretty quickly. On the other hand, I’m not real sure what
happened here. I think there may have been some herbicide
injury, maybe in the fall it may have gotten inadvertently sprayed with some herbicide. We’re not sure. I’m going to start cutting into this to determine
whether or not there’s any life left. And if I can’t find any, I’m gonna cut down
to the point where I find life, if I don’t find life I’ll cut all the way to the ground. Now we probably aught to just leave this here
because the roots might be still alive and it may send a shoot up, but I doubt very seriously. If we don’t find any life here in the stem,
then I think the roots probably dead too. Let’s go ahead and start doing that on this
one. Let’s check it out and I’ll try to determine. We have a leaf formed here, which tells me,
that’s got some life in it. – [Chris] Wait a minute, that’s got some life
there. – So we’re gonna give this one a little bit
of time. I’m gonna go ahead and take out the dead tissue
that I know. Let me check this out over here too. – [Chris] Ah-hah, that’s life. – Okay, so maybe this will come on out. Let’s give it a little chance. I know this is dead tissue. These on over here, this is dead. This one is dead. I’m gonna have to cut it in several pieces
to get it away from our bands. – [Chris] Good to know there’s some life in
it. – Yeah, I’m really surprised. That’s why you don’t rush to judgment on these
things. – This is true. – You can see all the cuts I made. This is how brown this tissue is, so I know
this is dead. So we’re basically left with one stem with
possible life left in it. I’m go in and get these a little closer to
the stem, and I will give this a little bit more time. We will go ahead and apply some fertilizer
to this. – Little life in there. – If this goes ahead and dies, I would say
it’s freeze injury because it leafed out. – That’s right, that’s right. – It did. This leaf, it leafed out. And that’s this year’s leaf, I think. Especially if you compare it to the size of
these. – [Chris] Right, those are the same size. – Let’s just ease on over here and let’s do
kinda the same thing here. I’m gonna cut the dead branches out. You gotta be careful when you do this, because
if you accidentally cut the wrong one you’ve ruined it. – That’s it, right? I think you might have done this a time or
too, anyway, right? – And I’ve messed up a time or two. – Ah-hah. – Doing a pruning demonstration one time and
I cut the wrong can on a Muscadine. It was about 20 feet long and I was trimming
and I cut the wrong one. – [Chris] Did you realize it when you cut
it? – Very quickly afterwards. Very quickly afterwards. Just taking the dead wood off. Now, if this were an older plant and these
were in your way this is the time to hit back and maybe take off 1/3 of the growth. But we’re not gonna do that with this one. We’re just gonna let it. – Yeah, the leaves look good on that one too. – Yeah, they look good. This little fella right here will be blowing
and growing shortly. Now, really, according to general rule of
thumb if you’ve got everything pretty much medium which we think we do here, about five
and a half pounds of triple eight per 100 foot of rope. And we have triple 13, which is not quite
half. Almost twice as strong. If you have triple 15, it’s pretty much twice
as strong, so you cut that right in half. So we have weighed this out. This is right about four and a quarter ounces
per plant. I’m assuming that I’m going to treat about
five feet. Actually, or ten feet. These are closer, these critters. – What you got over there? – They’re four feet apart. Four feet apart, so I’m gonna come on out
here. The root system comes, this’ll treat 10 feet
right here. Take that and I’ll see where 10 feet is. Go further. Okay, that’s good. Let’s just kinda lay this over to the side. This is enough for 10 feet right here. So I’m just kinda lay that over to the side
and I’m gonna try to make this go 10 feet. I’m gonna try to put out about half of it. And then I want to put the other half out. Don’t try to put it all out at once because
if you do you will run out. – [Chris] 10 feet, how about that. – Because the root systems are already out
here. They’re already out here. This got you til after harvest, and then you
need to do the same thing after harvest. Late June you’ll put about the same amount
out after the harvest. And that’ll get the plants going for next
year. – For next year. – And then again, that’s just routine with
blackberries. March you hit ’em with about five and a half
pounds of triple eight for 100 foot of rope. And then you do the same thing again after
harvest. That’s just kind of a general rule of thumb
for blackberries plants. – Then you’d be looking to get some good blackberries,
huh? – Yeah, you’re not gonna get a lot this year,
but on a trellis, what I would do on a trellis system is I would sink a couple of T posts
in the ground. You might want to come on out pretty far and
get a panel, like an expanded wire panel. Bring it up, get as tall a T post as you can
get, and just run it kind of along the plant. And you don’t really have to do any tying. They’re gonna run, and you’re just gonna lay
’em up there and they’re gonna take off. – Mr D., we appreciate that. – Okay. – We’ll see what happens.

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