Prime-Ark® Freedom

Prime-Ark® Freedom Fall Bearing
Soldout for 2021 Season
Quantity Price
5 $27.00
10 $45.00
25 $100.00
100 $331.00
500 $1,230.00
1000+ $2,250.00

Plants ship between January - July, depending on zone.  Ship dates are selected during checkout process.

Prime-Ark® Freedom is the fourth release from Dr. John Clark and University of Arkansas primocane breeding program. For floricane fruiting, it has very large fruits, larger than Natchez, with excellent flavor. It also ripens exceptionally early on floricanes (9–11 days earlier than Natchez). Fruit size and total yield is similar to the Prime-Ark® 45. Freedom is a great choice for local commercial distribution and home gardens. It is not recommended for the shipping market. Prime-Ark® Freedom requires "tipping" to achieve the highest yields and performance.

U.S. Plant Patent #26,990

Berry Size: Large
Best in Zones: 5 - 9
Firmness: Moderate
Flavor: Excellent
Thornless: Yes
Ships as: Plug Plant
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We recommend a soil pH level of 6.5 - 6.8 for blackberry plants.
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This Fall Bearing Blackberry Plant bears some fruit the first fall of planting year, and either summers or falls after that depending on how it is managed.
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Price includes a royalty or usage fee. Patent laws or license contracts prohibit propagation of the variety for resale or trade.
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This is what one blackberry plant looks like when it is shipped.
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Fall-bearing or primocane blackberries respond favorably to tipping! As the primocanes reach 12-15” in height, break or cut ¾-1” off the tip of each cane to force branching. Tip again when branches reach 30”. This process stimulates earlier fruit development, keeps plant height in check, and increases yield.

Reviews

I received plugs of the freedom and they arrived in excellent condition and they are doing awesome. Big berries and sweet. Nourse is the BEST

Kevin W
Home Grower
Zone 7
02/07/2021

As another reviewer noted, the size of these things is breath-taking - they're big enough that I have to chop them for my morning cereal. But size isn't everything, and the flavor is great too (not sour). It took me a couple of years to get the tipping right (you really do need to start when they're only 12-15" - that seems too small, but these plants are monsters). I almost tore mine out because I wasn't tipping soon enough, and the plants got too tall, and bloomed too late. If you don't tip twice, they'll end up seven feet tall, blooming in early September, with just a few berries at the end of each cane. I'm in the Boston area, where we get frost around mid-October, so that's too late. The leaves are huge, and when they get that tall, the weight of water from heavy rain storm is enough to break the stems (I know from experience).

This year, I tipped at 12 and 24", they bloomed early August, I have a ton of green berries at about 4 feet high right now, just starting to turn red, so expect to be eating them by end of August. The late ripening seems to help avoid sun-scald too - my July/Aug-ripening varieties don't like when the temps go to the 90's, but these guys are mostly too late for that weather. Even at four feet high, those giant leaves and berries mean they need support; I string some gardening wire across them, making a grid along the row, just to protect them against heavy rain or winds.

Frank G
Home Grower
Zone 6
08/17/2020

HI, last year was my first year with the Prime Ark Freedom. I grew the plant all summer in large container, then transplanted it to the ground in the fall, established it, then cut it back for winter. This spring it has grown wonderfully... but I only had one flower, and thus... one little berry is growing. What have I done wrong? What can I do to fix this?

LynnC
Home Grower
Zone 7
06/12/2020

No experience necessary is what I'd say about the PAF blackberry. I knew nothing about berries until I read the suggestions from Nourse Farms on preparing an area for blackberries. Plants arrived in good shape, much smaller than I expected and had me worried. I planted the "sticks" following Nourse directions and in no time at all I had huge blackberry bushes, 100% grew. I tip my primocanes each year, my plants are just loaded with giant berries. Love these.

Tammie
Home Grower
Zone 6
06/06/2020

Tissue Culture Plants -- A lot of broken leaves in the box BUT FEAR NOT(!) these little guys perked up and had a new set of leaves in 2 weeks. They're off and running, err, growing :)

This cultivar came highly recommended along with Triple Crown and Ouachita for sweetness, growth, and fruit production. It takes a few years to reach full maturity but well worth the wait. "MINIMUM" spacing is 3-ft. Most berry growers suggest 4 because of their size and to allow for sun to fully reach all the leaves and berries. ENJOY !!!

David M
Home Grower
Zone 7
05/04/2020

I am in Southern Louisiana, 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Out of the four (4) varieties I planted, Prime-Ark Freedom has done the best. This spring I had a medium yield with a very good overall growth of the primocane. I planted my Freedoms in the spring of 2017. I did have a problem with waterlogged soil during and after a heavy rain although have installed a collection point and water pump that has taken care of that. If I decide to plant more, I will buy ONLY Prime-Ark Freedom. In Lake Charles, LA, Freedom seems to be what works for me. Great taste, great size, and very hardy.

Larry T
Home Grower
Zone 9
09/29/2019

Just wanted to say how much I appreciated the delivery on the order - everything was well packed to protect my plants, they came well sized with good root systems, and ready to go into the ground. I've placed a lot of orders from a lot of places over the years and this particular shipment was actually noteworthy. Thank you!

Sean S
Commercial Grower
Zone 5
05/06/2019

I love these bushes. I don't get a great second crop because of the heat. But I get a great late spring crop. The berries are large and sweet. Regarding Nourse: They came in - in spring and once planted really took off. I got a decent crop the the first year and then wow on the second and 3rd year. In addition to these, I have Chester, Triple Crown and Natchez that are 2 years old. All have grown very well. I highly recommend Nourse Nursery. I wish I could post pictures. I'm pretty proud of them and the kids love them...not the weeding though.

Myron L
Home Grower
Zone 8
02/22/2019

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