Asked on Jul 3, 2013

Transplanting blackberry plants-they keep dying

Kim Hurles PickardKatDouglas Hunt


I have quite a few stray blackberry plants in my garden that are from my neighbor's plants that she had. Several were growing in a line so I built a support for them. I then transplanted some other strays near the support. They keep dying though after I move them. The first several plants were small but the last batch were at least 3' tall and stronger. I don't know if I watered them too much or if they needed more, or if blackberries just don't like to be moved. Any ideas? The plants that I didn't move, that I built the support near are doing great and have lots of berries on them.
4 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 4, 2013

    Kim, I suspect you'll have better luck with smaller plants and if you start the transplanting earlier in the year.

  • Kat
    on Jul 5, 2013

    I was going to answer this question but Douglas Hunt did it already. It is very difficult to transplant blackberry plants, but if you can find a few small canes and do it in the late winter, you may have better luck, say about February. I gave my son a few canes to transplant to his home and we had to try several times, but he now has a small thicket of them. Sassafras and Blackberry are probably two of the hardest to get to transplant.

  • Kim Hurles Pickard
    on Jul 5, 2013

    Thanks, this has been good to know. I have a few more strays that I might be able to form another row with and leave where they are at, or I will move them next spring, early. I don't think I will try to move anymore this year.

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