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Rubus fruticosus ‘Loch Ness’

Blackberry

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers

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Fruits
Fruits

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  • Botanical name: Rubus fruticosus 'Loch Ness'
  • Common name: Blackberry
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Fruit
Foliage colour:

Green

Unlike their wild relatives, cultivated blackberries are more productive, less thorny and less likely to grow out of control. They can be trained to ramble over fences, arches and pergolas, and there are also more compact forms, which can be grown in containers. 

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For best results and the sweetest berries, grow blackberry plants in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Prune annually and top-dress the soil with a mulch of well-rotted horse manure or garden compost, every autumn.

Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Rubus fruticosus ‘Loch Ness’ is both thornless and compact, making it ideal for growing in smaller gardens. Despite the size of the plants, the berries are huge – each one weighing around 4 grams.

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Rubus fruticosus ‘Loch Ness’ has a more erect growth habit than other varieties of blackberry, and can therefore be trained on wires, or planted among raspberries.

How to grow Rubus 'Loch Ness'

  • Plant size

    2m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

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Do not Plant in March

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Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does not fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

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Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Rubus 'Loch Ness' and wildlife

Rubus 'Loch Ness' is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers, has seeds for birds and is a caterpilar food plant.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Rubus 'Loch Ness' poisonous?

Rubus 'Loch Ness' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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