Babycakes blackberry variety
Dwarf thornless primocane-fruiting blackberry for flowerpots, terraces, small home gardens and for decorative purposes
Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Babycakes'
Originated from a cross of APF-120T x APF-132T
Variety denomination - 'APF-236T'
Plants are thornless
Bushes have erect canes
Fruit weight is 6 g
Berries have a oblong shape
Fruiting habit - primocane-fruiting (everbearing)
Flowering on floricanes starts in the first week of May
Ripening date (regular) - second week of June
Blooming on primocanes starts in the third week of July
Ripening date (remontant) - first week of September
Soluble solids - 10.4%
Acidity - 1.02%
Cold hardiness is good
Heat tolerance is low
Country of origin - United States
Patent US PP27,032 P2 dated August 07, 2016
Current status - modern or widely used
Plants of Babycakes cultivar are moderately vigorous. Both primocanes and floricanes are erect in growth habit. The canes of Babycakes plant are self-supporting and do not require trellising during fruiting. The plants are fully thornless. Primocane fruit and flowers are borne on the cane terminus or on lateral branches if primocanes are tipped, and fruiting continues down the primocane during the season. Canes usually attain a length of 0.5 m prior to the appearance of flower buds. The number of nodes down the cane that develop flowers is largely dependent on the length and conditions of the late summer to fall growing period. Total height of Babycakes plants can achieve up to 1,5 m.
The floricane bloom period of Babycakes starts at the beginning of May, reaches peak on 7-15 May and finishes on 25-30 May. Primocane bloom period begins at the middle of July, reaches its peak at the end of July, and continues into October or the first hard freeze. Fruit and flower clusters are medium-large and are mostly borne on the periphery of the plant.
Floricane fruit begins ripening at the middle June. Primocane fruit are ripe at the beginning of September (on tipped primocanes). The fruit is medium, approximately 6 g. Berries of Babycakes are oblong to slightly ovate in shape and shiny black in color. The fresh fruit rates good in flavor. The flavor is sweet and mildly acidic, with low amounts of the bitterness that is present in some blackberries.
Babycakes in trial fields show moderate susceptible to downy mildew. Winter hardiness is about -15 C.
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Useful Growing Guides:
Berry Soil and Nutrient Management – A Guide for Educators and Growers. M. Pritts, C. Heidenreich, L. McDermott, and J. Miller; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries. AJ Both, Kathy Demchak, Eric Hanson, Cathy Heidenreich, Greg Loeb, Laura McDermott, Marvin Pritts, and Courtney Weber; Cornell Cooperative Extension
Raspberry and Blackberry Production Guide. L. Bushway, M. Pritts, D. Handley; Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service Cooperative Extension, Ithaca