The cultivation of the Blackberry is nearly similar to that of the Raspberry, except that it should be planted about one-third farther apart, and it being hardier, there is no need for covering it in winter. As it has a more vigorous growth, it is sometimes set in any out of the way corner, and in almost any soil; but it will amply repay generous cultivation with finer fruit. The manner of growth is the same as the Raspberry, and when the fruit is picked, the old canes are to be cut out to give the new ones a chance. The new shoots are very vigorous growers, and when they reach the hight of five, or at most, six feet, they should be stopped by pinching; this will cause an abundance of side shoots to start which are to be pinched when about 18 inches long. This treatment increases the productiveness of the plants and keeps the fruit within reach. The bushes should be kept tied to stout stakes or wires, as advised for the Raspberry. The following are a few of the popular kinds:
An immensely large berry of excellent flavor, of deep, shiny black color, one of the very best for family use.
One of the earliest varieties, ripening a week or more before the Kittatinny, quite as large, and of excellent quality.
The merit of this variety is its lateness of ripening, coming in just when the others are done fruiting. It is of large size, and esteemed by many, while others do not like its very distinct and peculiar flavor.