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by Matthew Bean - January 29, 2018
Have you been wondering if your blackberry plants are surviving the cold temperatures
of Arkansas this winter? Did you know that dormant blackberries are not damaged until
the temperature reaches 0°F? The temperature has been close to this degree in the
past few weeks in some parts of the state. Due to this, we assessed the Ouachita variety
of blackberry at the Fruit Research Station at Clarksville for possible cold damage
after the temperature got to a low of 1°F.
Here are the results!
Overall, the samples that were collected showed very little to no damage. There was
slight damage on a couple of the bud of the lateral canes, but none on the main cane.
Also, no apparent damage could be found in the cambia/vascular tissue under the bark
of all the canes.
The winter is not over yet, but it appears that there is hope for the 2018 blackberry
crop here in Arkansas!