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Rubus 'Prime - Ark® Freedom' PPAF

CATEGORY  Blackberry

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first thornless Primocane!
  • Great for local markets
  • Excellent for home gardens
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HEIGHT:

4-10 Feet

EXPOSURE:

· Full Sun

ZONE:

4-8

PURPOSE:

· Food Production

APPLICATIONS:

· Commercial Food Production

FEATURES:

· Easy to Grow
· Fast Growing
· Self-fertile

TYPE:

· Thornless
· Primocane (1st Year Wood)

EXPOSURE:

· Full Sun

SOIL MOISTURE:

· Moist, Well-Drained

HABIT:

· Erect

BLOOMS:

· Spring

FOLIAGE COLOR:

· Green

FLOWER COLOR:

· White

CHILLING REQUIREMENT:

· 500 Hours

FRUITING SEASON:

· Late

FRUIT QUALITIES:

· Good Flavor
· Large
· Firm

COMMERCIAL MARKET:

· Fresh
· Process

CAN'T SHIP TO:

· Puerto Rico

Prime-Ark® Freedom, a new variety developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is the world’s first thornless primocane-fruiting blackberry. Freedom is the fourth in the division’s Prime-Ark® line of primocane-fruiting blackberries, which flower and fruit on each season’s new branches, called primocanes, said John R. Clark, Division of Agriculture fruit breeder. Most blackberries only bear fruit on second-season canes, known as floricanes. “This unique type of blackberry fruits on current-season canes and second-season canes, potentially providing for two cropping seasons,” Clark said. “Prime-Ark® Freedom is an exciting development as it is the first thornless plant of this blackberry type released for commercial introduction in the world,” Clark said. “Its potential to produce two crops each year, both being early to very early in ripening, is another unique attribute of this cultivar. Its exceptional fruit size should make it a very noteworthy blackberry for home gardeners or local-market growers.” “It has very large berries with good flavor,” Clark said Freedom follows the release of Prime-Jan and Prime-Jim in 2004 and Prime-Ark® 45 in 2009. All of the prior-released cultivars are thorny. Although initial evaluations for postharvest storage potential indicate that Prime-Ark® Freedom is not well-suited for storage and shipping, it should be very desirable for use in home gardens and local commercial markets, Clark said.

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PURPOSE:

· Food Production

APPLICATIONS:

· Commercial Food Production

FEATURES:

· Easy to Grow
· Fast Growing
· Self-fertile

TYPE:

· Thornless
· Primocane (1st Year Wood)

EXPOSURE:

· Full Sun

SOIL MOISTURE:

· Moist, Well-Drained

HABIT:

· Erect

BLOOMS:

· Spring

FOLIAGE COLOR:

· Green

FLOWER COLOR:

· White

CHILLING REQUIREMENT:

· 500 Hours

FRUITING SEASON:

· Late

FRUIT QUALITIES:

· Good Flavor
· Large
· Firm

COMMERCIAL MARKET:

· Fresh
· Process

CAN'T SHIP TO:

· Puerto Rico

GROWING INFO:
4" Crop Time: 6-8 weeks
6" Crop Time: 8-10 weeks
8" Crop Time: 10-12 weeks
12" Crop Time: 12-14 weeks
pH: 5.8 - 6.2
EC: 1.5 - 2.5


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