Blackberry - Thornless

Common Names: Blackberry, cane berry, bramble berry

Botanical names: Rubus fruticosus, (ROO-bus fru-ti-KO-sus)

Availability: June through October

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 55 - 70 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Firm shiny aggregate fruits, composed of small drupelets, which are incorrectly referred to as berries. These fruits are located in clusters at the end of stems with leaves below.

Color: Deep red to purple to black as the fruits mature.

Botanical facts: The thornless blackberry is a recent addition to the palette of floral materials available to floral designers. They are edible but do not taste very good.

Design notes: These beautiful fruits are a beautiful addition to late summer and autumn designs. They hold well and are easy to work with.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with shiny undamaged berries and turgid foliage.

Conditioning: Remove all damaged and bug-eaten foliage. Give the ends of the woody stems a fresh break or cut. Cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.