Blackberry

Blackberry 'Loch Tay'

Blackberry - Blackberry  'Loch Tay'

Common Name: Blackberry
Genus: Blackberry
Cultivar: 'Loch Tay'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Edible fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained


  • Other features: deliciously sweet and juicy fruit (late July to the end of August)

Bred at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, 'Loch Tay' produces an earlier, sweeter crop than 'Loch Ness'. The canes are thornless and semi-erect so will need minimal support and they produce a crop of medium-sized berries from late July down south and in warm sheltered gardens or mid August in more exposed locations.

  • Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure and then plant at 2m intervals. Each spring mulch well with well-rotted manure. Plants flower on one-year-old wood so the new canes need to be separated from fruiting ones. After cropping, cut the fruiting canes down to the ground and tie in the new ones that have grown that year.


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