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Bart Wallace
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My friend who owns the local berry patch says that the taste is poor but then again he has not tried the new varieties that have been releases. Anyone have luck with tasty thornless blackberries?
 
David Livingston
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I have a nice one it is very easy to grow, huge gives lots of berrys tastes fine I use the right and left method usually grows 4yds left then 4 right  no problems . harvest an easy 8lb+ per plant after four years
 
wayne fajkus
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I have the variety natchez. God stuff
 
Bart Wallace
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I got about 3 or 4 different varieties planted. I just planted them last year so I am hoping to have plenty of fruit soon. I keep telling myself that I am doing this all for my son when I really know that I am doing it for myself.
 
Joshua Morgan
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I bought 2 "Arapaho Thornless" from a local gardener about 5 years ago, I've decided to move them after planting and of course they came back in the original spot as well. I now have 10 or so plants growing and I think the flavor is just fine.
Maybe the fact that I'm not bleeding or itching makes them taste better but I would say the important bit would be ease of picking and safety for children who might stumble into them.
I think they are worth it and I have tons of native thorned berry plants on this land. I've gotten some huge berries off mine as well.
I'm also unsure of what effort you mention since mine grow like weeds and other than basic pruning/propagating I've done nothing to them and they are growing in the middle of what used to be a hay field with zero prep.
I just stuck them in the "dirt" and they went wild.
I tried transplanting some wild thorned berry plants since they are native and growing on the property, they didn't survive.
 
Angelika Maier
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I find the thornless ones are as good as the wild ones.
 
Anne Miller
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The deer, rabbits and birds think mine taste great.  I got three berries last year.  I think this is its third year and loaded with berries.
 
Ken W Wilson
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I don't think Arapaho and some of the others are as sweet as good wild berrys. If you are cooking or adding sugar anyway, it doesn't really matter.  I'm trying a newer trailing variety that is supposed to be sweeter. I can't think what it's called. I haven eaten any yet.
 
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