Illini Hardy Blackberry
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Species: Rubus sp.
History: Illini Hardy was developed as a cold hardy variety by the University of Illinois and released in 1988. It is a cross between Chester Thornless and NY 95.
Why We Grow It: This variety produces very large and abundant berries late in the summer. The dark berries are sweet with some tartness, resembling the flavour of wild blackberries. Its cold hardy nature makes it hard to turn down for Canadian growers.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Soil Preference: Loam and sandy loam, prefers soils that are moist but well-drained
Growth Habits: Vigorous and hardy with an upright growth pattern, produces good-sized crops
Class: Floricane, bears fruit in the summer and only on second year growth
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)
Pollination: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a different blackberry variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present
Ripens: Late August
Storage: Keeps up to a week when stored in the fridge
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, preserves, baking
Height Above Soil Line: 30-50cm