Blackberry 'Ben Alder' Ribes nigrum
Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Ben Alder is a very high yielding mid-season variety. It is widely grown commercially for juice production due to very high yield & content of Vitamin C. The currants are small, but the fruit quality is excellent with high colour stability.
The ripe fruit will only hang on the bush for a limited time so regular harvesting is necessary. High level of disease resistance, particularly to foliar problems. Late flowering and so escapes the late spring frosts. Fairly vigorous upright growth habit.
Species - nigrum
Variety - Ben Alder
Cropping Season - Late July and August
Planting Distance - 1.2m (4ft)
Height - 1.2m
Spread - 1.2m
Grow against a fence or wall for support in well-drained but moist, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade.
When planting ensure the root ball is moist before planting. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root ball or pot. Mix soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Water regularly until established. Fruit is produced on the previous year's stems. Tie in the new shoot - these will flower and fruit in the second year. Cut away the older stems and replace them with new vigorous shoots. Cut back damaged shoots in late winter and apply a general fertiliser.
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