Prime-Ark® Freedom Blackberry Plants

Prime-Ark® Freedom

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Plants ship between January - July.   Ship dates are selected during checkout process.

Quantity Price
5 $40.00
25 $180.00
100 $477.00
600 $2,369.00
1,000 $3,094.00

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: Very large
Best in Zones: 5 - 9
Firmness: Moderate
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 bought these Prime Ark Freedom blackberry plants 4 years ago. They were easy to grow and were very productive, very tasty!!! Highly recommended!!!

Paul
Home Grower
Zone 7
05/03/2022

I bought 15 plants last year, but I have waited to write this review. The plants came in as expected and were very well packed. I planted all of these last winter. All 15 have survived and have done so well, I transplanted half of them in another location. All 15 produced on the primocane and now are floricanes and are loaded. They are very good producers.

Ken R
Home Grower
Zone 8
03/14/2022

Wow! Not only did the plants thrive but they produced berries that were twice the size of other blackberries I have. They produced fabulously in their first year and I have a yard full of berries right now in November! I worried they could not take the heat of the summer but the ones that were in more shaded areas actually did not do as well. I am very happy with them.

Jerilyn
Home Grower
Zone 9
11/07/2021

I couldnt be happier with the Prime Ark Freedom!!!
Theyve only been in thr ground 3 months and they are ALREADY setting berries.
Awesome job with shipping, too.
Hats off to Nourse Farms!!!

Brett
Home Grower
Zone 5
07/27/2021

I have grown blackberries for decades now but let me tell you this variety is absolutely incredible! Enormous blackberries on gargantuan plants - if you let them go. There's a learning curve here with the tipping process, but once you get that down you'll get multiple crops of one of the sweetest, best flavor profile blackberries you've ever popped in your mouth. The new canes are super thick, so important in our crazy windy Oklahoma weather but definitely need substantial support because of their vigor. Another bonus: they tolerate some shade too. I planted one at the edge of a maple in my back yard and it took off this year with a cane that must be ten feet long and more coming on! Time to tip that puppy! I'm experiencing a second crop from that guy. I even moved some canes to the front yard last year, because the plant is so attractive. I can hardly control the growth in the full sun there and next year I'll be better prepared with an engineered trellis to support and better display (read: show off!) the plant to the neighbors. During an extended trip and after my return, two neighbors confessed to picking ripening berries there and both had the same comment, "Best blackberries we've ever had!" I couldn't agree more. With my supreme satisfaction with PAF, I've decided to tackle the enormous job of removing all my thorny and comparatively lackluster tasting other varieties from my patch and replacing them with this one (or the University of Arkansas new variety "Ponca" that's supposed to be even sweeter than PAF!) I can no longer justify fighting the thorns when these new thornless varieties beat thorny in size, flavor, and production - but that's a huge win especially for the home gardener.

John
Home Grower
Zone 6
07/20/2021

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

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