Big Daddy blackberry variety

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Thornless erect and vigorous floricane-fruiting variety with large fruit and healthy plant

Botanical designation

Rubus subgenus Rubus Watson 'Big Daddy'

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of A-2271T x A-2252T

Variety denomination

Variety denomination - 'A-2524T'

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 8 g


Berries have a ovate shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the fourth week of April

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - third week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 8 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 8.7%


Acidity - 1.1%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is moderate

Heat tolerance is

Heat tolerance is moderate


Patent US PP33,701 P2 dated November 29, 2021

Current status

Current status - modern or widely used

Big Daddy was selected and patented as A-2524T by John Reuben Clark.
Primocanes and floricanes of the Big Daddy are very erect in growth habit, vigorous and prolific. The plants are completely devoid of thorns.
Fruit and flower clusters are cymose, and are mostly borne on the periphery of the plant canopy, providing easy access to harvest. Flower fertility is high and clusters are well filled. Flowers are large, have white color.
The blооm period of the Big Daddy is very near that of Osage and later than Natchez. Average first harvest date is few days after Osage and Natchez, the fruiting period is long, about 60 days. Fruit yields of A-2524T is very high, up to 8 kg per plant. Big Daddy produces fruit on floricanes only.
Berries are elongated in shape and glossy with a uniform black finish. Berries are medium and large in size, weight is up to 8 g.
The fresh fruit rates very well in flavor and when fully ripe are sweet with good aromatic components.
Plants and fruit have shown no susceptibility to anthracnose, orange rust, cane and leaf rust.
Big Daddy is hardy to minus 17 C.

Big Daddy  sweet?

Is blackberry Big Daddy sweet?

Big Daddy blackberries mostly have a sour taste
Diseases resistance

What diseases is blackberry Big Daddy resistant to?

Big Daddy has very good resistance to diseases such as AnthracnoseCane BlightOrange RustFire blight
Diseases susceptibility

What diseases is blackberry variety Big Daddy vulnerable to?

No susceptibility to spicific pests or diseases has been observed for Big Daddy
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