Rubus 'APF-12' Plant Patent #16,989Item #6787 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
A primocane-fruiting blackberry that will produce fruit on first-year canes. Medium-sized, firm berries are ideal for home garden use. Offers an extended harvest from mid-June through to frost. Upright, thorny canes work well planted in hedgerows. Performs well in containers. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ROO-bus HIB-ridPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundAverage landscape size:Fast growing canes reach 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhitePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Companion PlantsRosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Salvia (Salvia); Yarrow (Achillea)
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil with mildly acidic to neutral pH. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Prune old canes to ground level and apply a balanced fertilizer in late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly; do not over water Good drainage is required.
- History & LoreHistory:'Prime-Jim' was released in 2004 from the University of Arkansas breeding program. It is one of the first cultivars of primocane fruiting blackberry. It grows much like the other erect cultivars however the canes that emerge in the spring will flower in mid-summer and fruit in late summer or fall. The fall crop has its highest quality when it ripens in cool mild climates such as in California or the Pacific Northwest.Lore:Blackberries are notable for their high nutritional contents of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid - a B vitamin, and the essential mineral, manganese.
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