Prime Ark Freedom Blackberries

June 7th 2020
I know that June in Texas is not the best time to plant Blackberries but I decided that now was better than waiting until next spring or even later this Fall. I just really wanted to get started and add to my blackberry row. I currently have 4 Natchez Blackberry plants that I bought thru Amazon and put in the ground back in April 2020. They are doing very well – check them out here. I did some more research and decided to try Prime Ark Freedom blackberries which I ordered from Pense Nursery. They arrived very small with a sturdy stalk and either a few green leaves or a new flexible shoot coming off the short sturdy stalk.

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #10 on June 19th, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #10 on June 19th, 2020

June 15th, 2020
All 10 Prime Ark Freedom plants look very similar to the above photo but plants #8 and #9 appear to be the weakest of the group. See photo below from June 15th, 2020.

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 & 9 June 15th 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 & 9 June 15th 2020

July 1st, 2020

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 July 10th 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 July 10th 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #9 July 10th 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #9 July 10th 2020

July 18th, 2020
What a difference a month can make! The two that appeared the weakest in the early stages are now two of the strongest a month later. I was surprised at how much growth happened in about a month! Same Prime Ark Freedom plants #8 and #9 above are shown below just over a month later!

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 & 9 July 18th 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 & 9 July 18th 2020

August 1st, 2020

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 Aug 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 Aug 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #9 Aug 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #9 Aug 1st, 2020

August 3rd, 2020
First flower on my Prime Ark Freedom blackberry plants – plant #3. Walked out this morning to look at the row and there was a flower less than 2 months after transplant!

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #3 first flower Aug 3rd 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #3 first flower Aug 3rd 2020

September 1st, 2020

Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 Sept 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #8 Sept 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #9 Sept 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant #9 Sept 1st, 2020

October 1st, 2020
My Prime Ark Freedom plants are getting taller so I needed to raise the trellis string.

Prime Ark Freedom Plant 8 on Oct 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant 8 on Oct 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant 9 on Oct 1st, 2020
Prime Ark Freedom Plant 9 on Oct 1st, 2020