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Chester

 

Chester, Blackberries

Bred in Maryland, USA, Chester’s combination of high quality fruit, excellent flavour and a late season has resulted in its becoming one of the most popular varieties in the UK.

Well presented, shiny black fruit of 5-6 grams with an attractive fruity flavour and superb shelf life are typical of this variety. The berries do not soften or lose their attractive shine under hot conditions. The picking season begins in mid-August in the UK and normally continues until the first frosts, although quality declines in early October.

The yield potential of this variety is unequalled. The variety is extremely vigorous producing semi-erect thornless canes. In our experience, Chester thrives on heavy, non-irrigated soils. Disease resistance is excellent with no evidence of Downy Mildew or Purple Blotch.

Plant spacings of 2.0m to 2.5m are recommended. Tip pruning of newly emerged primocanes is essential.

Uncertified:

9cm pots £174 per hundred
2 Litre pots £354 per hundred
3 Litre pots £4.00 per pot

Season Late
Rating Fully recommended
Planting Distances - Intra-row spacing 2/2.5m or 78/98ins
Planting Distances - Row Width 2.5m / 8ft
Planting Distances - Plants per Acre 670/840
Planting Distances - Plants per hectare 1600/2000
Pots - 9cms YES
Pots - 2 Litre YES
Pots - 3 Litre YES

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