Looking For Specific Blackberry Plant

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Does anyone know where I can buy the blackberry 'Rueben' in the United States?
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  • Lavende Lavende on Apr 16, 2014
    Is it a primocane blackberry you're looking for? If so, this one may be similar (or another name for the same?) to your Rueben: http://www.starkbros.com/products/berry-plants/blackberry-plants/prime-ark-45-primocane-blackberry
  • Lavende Lavende on Apr 16, 2014
    Just verified, looks like it is indeed the same plant. In the US its called Prime Ark (R), marketed in the UK under the Reuben name, after the creater's middle name. Interesting! http://bumperscollege.uark.edu/vision_test/4745.htm
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 17, 2014
    Lavende has done some excellent sleuthing. If you do a search for Prime Ark you will find many online sources.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 17, 2014
    Douglas, I love blackberries, but don't want to go out in the woods to pick them. Is this plant easy to manage or does it go crazy and take over? I would love to make some BB preserves...I like mine with the seeds left in! (Yes, it is a childhood thing...that's the way Mom and Grandmother made it!)
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    • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Apr 18, 2014
      @Douglas Hunt Thanks Douglas. I bet you anything hubby will not want me to plant any! He hates stickers...grumbles every time he walks out in the yard and sees our Yucca! HA! He is so funny! He acts like it is going to come out of the ground and attack him! I just tell him to give it a wide berth and he will be OK. My comments always bring on a frown from him and a giggle from my son and me who both adore Yucca, palms, tall grasses or anything tropical looking!!
  • Leah Bening Leah Bening on Apr 17, 2014
    Thank you everyone!! This Rueben has been developed at the Univ. of AR so the US name makes sense! I will search it later today when I have more time. I'm so excited to find it. It seems to be a double bloomer, very large, sweet berries and fruits the first year. It is a primoicane! So it will take up less room and provides about 8 lbs. of berries per plant after it's established. Is all this possible? We shall see! Thank you Lavende, Douglas and Jeanettte.
  • Leah Bening Leah Bening on Apr 17, 2014
    Thank you Douglas, I just now saw this, and I found a local feed store that has just ordered it for me!!
  • Leah Bening Leah Bening on Apr 17, 2014
    Not sure how to make 'loamy' soil here. Guess my garden center will advise me.