BLACKBERRY – KIOWA

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COMMON NAME Kiowa Blackberry
BOTANICAL NAME Rubus ‘Kiowa’
HEIGHT 10′
WIDTH 10′
MONOECIOUS
DECIDUOUS
LIFESPAN 15+ years
ROOTS – PERENNIAL
CANES – BIENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 0° F
CHILL HOURS 200
SOIL TYPE Well drained. Prefers acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5
WATER REQUIREMENTS Drip irrigation preferred to prevent foliage from getting wet and causing disease development. Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks. Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply at least once a week until it has been 3 months. Best results with regular irrigation. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Yes
SALT TOLERANCE No
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose, 10-10-10 once every 3 weeks to 4 weeks from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, and stems.
FLOWER 5 wide, white petals
MONTH OF COLOR Flowers in March; Fruits from June to July.
FRUIT Produced on 2 year old canes. Green to red unripe, black when ripe. Very sweet edible berries.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.) Allergies are very rare.
COMMENTS Bears the largest fruit of any variety. This is one of the best blackberries for our area. Fruits for up to 6 weeks during the Summer. Install plants 2′ to 4′ apart in rows that are 8′ apart from one another. Mulching around plant is suggested, as pulling weeds away from thorny bushes is challenging. Released by University of Arkansas in 1996.
PRICE 7 gallon $25, 3 gallon $13