Merton Thornless Blackberry Plants
- Vigorous, needs support, good for growing along walls / fences
- Big, sweet and tangy fruit, but sweeter
- Crops from late July for a few weeks, weather dependant
- Tolerates poor soil well
- To 2x2m
Merton Thornless Mid-Season Blackberry Bushes
A must-have mid-season pick if you have space for it, Merton Thornless is also flawless, and the long spine free canes are painless to work with. The fruit retain a lot of the wild bamble kick, but are so much bigger and a fair bit sweeter.
- Large, intensely flavoured fruit. Heavy cropper.
- Big sprawling plant, needs support, good for growing along walls / fences
- Crops from late August for a few weeks, weather dependant
- Tolerates poor or damp soil well
- To 2 x 2 metres
Growing Merton Thornless Blackberries:
Support will be necessary to keep your plants from becoming a mounded tangle on the ground. Due to its hefty size, a common strategy is "up and over but to me" a wall or fence, with the stems that are too tall for the fence turning back into your garden.
Spacing: 1.8 to 3 metres apart, depending on how you intend to train them on the support: some people go mostly up and down the other side of a support, keep it all quite narrow, and some people train the canes horizontally, which usually gives them more air and light.
Read more on how to grow blackberries.