Blackberries make me nostalgic for childhood late summer Sundays at my grandparent’s home.
After the family lunch, my cousins and I would take to the woods with bowls under our arms to pick the hedgerow fruit for a delicious homemade dessert.
I haven’t grown, picked or eaten blackberries for quite a while but Marshalls’ have reignited my appetite for the traditional berry by giving it a makeover and becoming the first retailer to offer the brand new Polarberry, the first white blackberry in the UK.
As well as the unique colour, there are a number of other benefits Marshalls describe of the Polarberry that’s attracted my attention.
- It’s hardy in the UK climate
- Thornless stems
- It’s productive for up to 8 years
- 1 plant gives you enough fruit for around 3 punnets every year from the first July
One key feature, which is really important to me and my ambition to inspire more people to grow their own, is the upright growth habit of the Polarberry means they will grow well in containers and are therefore accessible to those with a small garden or just a patio.
How to grow the Polarberry
The plants will arrive in 9cm pots and are naturally ready to produce lots of fruiting stems once you plant them up in autumn in rich soil with plenty of organic matter.
The plants can either be planted in a 12in (30cm) diameter containers or spaced one plant per square yard (square metre) in a bed or on your allotment.
Cut back fruited stems to the ground in the second and subsequent autumns and tie in the new leafy stems to supports- these leafy stems produce the Polarberry fruit for the following year.
If you fancy growing Marshalls’ Polarberry, it’s available to pre-order now, ready for delivery in the autumn.
Marshalls are providing me with the new Polarberry to try this autumn. If you do order some, I’m keen to know how you get on.