Natchez blackberry variety

Rating [ 3.9 ]

Erect-growing, high quality, productive, very early-ripening, floricane-fruiting blackberry

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of Ark. 1857 x Ark. 2005

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have semi-erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 8 g

Shape

Berries have a oblong shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Begins to bloom in the

Begins to bloom in the third week of April

Harvest season starts in the

Harvest season starts in the first week of June

Productivity is

Productivity is 6 kg per plant

Soluble solids

Soluble solids - 9.5%

Acidity

Acidity - 0.94%

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is moderate

Country of origin

Country of origin - United States

Patent

Patent US PP20,891 P3 dated March 29, 2010

Current status

Current status - cultivated (actual)


Natchez is the twelfth release in a series of erect-growing, high-quality, productive, early-ripening, floricane-fruiting blackberry. The original plant was selected in 2001 from a seedling field at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station. Natchez is great to perform in commercial shipping use.
Canes of Natchez are thornless and are semi-erect (mostly) to erect. Average primocanes height is 120-180 cm, floricanes length - up to 4-6 m. If primocanes are tipped at one meter to control length and encourage lateral branching, Natchez blackberry can be grown in a hedgerow without trellis support. A common trellis used on erect cultivars by growers consists of two wires placed 1.0 to 1.2 m above the soil surface and separated horizontally 1.0 m. However, support of floricanes during fruiting is recommended and with a support trellis, the slightly less erect canes of Natchez should be easily managed by growers.
Average berry weight of Natchez cultivar is about 8 g. Berries of Natchez variety are elongated and somewhat blocky and very attractive with an exceptional glossy, black finish. Flower's color is white. Bloom starts at the beginning of May. First harvest - middle of June. Average health rating of Natchez is good, but variety is moderately resistant to anthracnose. Plant hardiness was observed to be good on Natchez in that it showed no to little injury to canes and buds.
Minimum winter low temperatures is about minus 15 C. Natchez needs to be planted in full-sun places (with protection from overheating in very hot regions) and sheltered for cold season.
Table 1. Yield and average berry yield of Natchez, Apache and Ouachita cultivars at two locations in Arkansas
Cultivar Yield, kg/ha Berry weight, g
2005 2006 2005 2006
Clarksville
Natchez 12773 8697 8.7 8.0
Apache 13058 10699 8.6 8.2
Ouachita 8913 7997 6.3 6.2
Hope
Natchez 7169 8417 6.7 4.4
Apache 4278 9957 7.9 6.7
Ouachita 3159 21676 5.8 4.7
Table 2. Сomparison table of  Apache, Ouachita and Natchez blackberries at the University of Arkansas Fruit Substation, Clarksville
Main features Variety
Apache Ouachita Natchez
Flowering date
10% bloom April 24 April 23 April 21
50% bloom   April 28  April 24
Harvest date
First June 19 June 10 June 3
Peak July 7 June 26 June 8
Last July 28 July 20 July 11
First-ripe rating
(scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best)
2.3 5.3 7.5
Berry weight, g
First 8.3 7.5 8.8
Peak 10.1 7.0 10.2
Last 8.8 5.7 8.0
Fruit (rating scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best)
Firmness 8.0 8.3 7.8
Flavor 8.0 8.0 7.5
Soluble solids, % 10.6 9.8 8.7
Seed fresh weight, mg - 6.2 6.8
Seed dry weight, mg - 4.2 4.2
Plant (rating scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the best)
Vigor 7.5 7.0 7.0
Health 8.5 8.3 7.8

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Reviews of the variety Natchez

Review from [THORNLESS BLACKBERRIES]

This is an example of a few of my Natchez thornless blackberry plants in the winter while they are dormant. They were planted from root cuttings in March of 2020.
 

Review from [AN INDEPENDENCE JOURNEY]

My experience with growing Natchez thornless blackberries. Here are some of the great aspects of this plant:
  1. Delicious Berries
  2. Propagates Itself (free plants)
  3. Blackberry leaves for teas
  4. If staked only takes up a small amount of space
  5. First to fruit in spring with many flowers for pollinators
I briefly show my Ogrow greenhouse. Overall I'm happy with the purchase, but there is one big drawback. The white film on the panels peels off very easily. I've kept it all on with clear or double sided tape. Hope you enjoy the video. Thanks.

Review from [BEXARAGRILIFE]

 

Review from [FROG FOOT HOLLAR]

Building the trellis system for my blackberry plants and planting the Natchez Blackberries.

Review from [ARKAGRESEARCH]

 

Review from [B. MATHESON]

Avoiding growing the blackberry Natchez is a wise choice. I grew it both in a barrel and the garden for 2 years from established plant sources in a trial. The fruit quality was very bland and erratically sized. The berries had an insipid watery taste to them.

Both plantings fizzled out. The one in a huge barrel was pot bound within 18 months, putting out no new growth nor canes. The other in a selected part of the garden just put out leaf growth and stopped flowering as its runners spread underground at an undesirable rate like Asterina. Needless to say it was removed. None of these newer releases from the U.S are suited to the UK.


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