Q.First Year Blackberry Canes
First year blackberry canes are 12 feet long with numerous 24 inch branches. It’s only early July—what do I do?
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First-year canes, also known as primocanes, appear as stems that arch or trail along the ground. They usually bear large compound leaves with five or seven leaflets; they do not produce any flowers or fruit. Second-year canes grow to become what is known as a floricane. The stem will no longer grow taller, but will begin to produce lateral buds and flowers. Also, these normally have smaller leaves with only three or five leaflets. For information on pruning, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/blackberries/blackberry-pruning.htm