University of Arkansas
Blackberries from the University of Arkansas
The floricane cultivars from the University of Arkansas are characterised by their exceptional flavour. They are often marketed out of the USA as 'super sweet'; a tag that highlights exactly how good they are to eat. In addition to this, their erect habit and thornless canes allow for easy management and berry harvest. This combination is truly unique worldwide.
The varieties currently offered by Hargreaves Plants are Natchez, Ouachita, Arapaho, Navaho and Apache. Full details can be found in the Blackberry Varieties section of this website.
This excellent germplasm is now being marketed exclusively within Europe by Hargreaves Plants and is set to take its rightful leading place in markets worldwide.
Hargreaves Plants is working with Professor John Clark, breeder at the University of Arkansas, to commercially develop the world's most advanced primocane blackberries. This is a huge process involving selection work on a vast number of seedlings annually and is supported under the England Rural Development Programme by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.
The benefits of primocanes are principally in the area of season extension. The fruits are borne on the new canes in their first year of growth and therefore reduce the the time from planting to first harvest. With the standard floricane types, it is necessary to wait a full season before the first berries are yielded.
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