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Columbia Star Blackberry available as U-pick
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Larry_G
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July 6, 2017 - 6:55 pm

For those interested in this fruit, South Barlow Berries is headlining it in their

print ad this season. Southeast of Canby.

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jafar
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July 7, 2017 - 7:50 am

Mine are almost getting ripe.   I keep eating the one or two that should be ready in a couple of days.

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Larry_G
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July 7, 2017 - 6:42 pm

I planted one of your CS tip-rooted plants some weeks ago. A squirrel got to the other one.

Also have 6 from tissue culture in the ground. Have been picking Obsidian since 1 July

-- the same date I finished this variety last year. Black Diamond is starting to ripen.

I think the two hot days in June bothered the Obsidian; primocane growth ceased and

the fruit farther down the canes is stunted. Other varieties unaffected.

Picked ~5 pounds red raspberries at Albeke Farms yesterday. Their Boysens were

turning color and are about a week+ out.

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John S
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July 9, 2017 - 9:33 am

That's great information.

Mine aren't ripe yet. They are in partial shade though. Like I said, I think they are Chester, Tri Star and Arapaho.

John S

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Vanya
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March 31, 2023 - 11:35 pm

I wonder how you rate the Obsidian or if you still grow it now that you have the thornless CS? Can't find it(Obsidian) up here but heard good things about flavour? 

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John S
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April 1, 2023 - 12:11 pm

One thing I realized about blackberries.  IMHO, the ones that are really in full sun are more delicious. I have limited space, so I can't always do that. 

JOhn S
PDX OR

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GH
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April 1, 2023 - 6:22 pm

We have Himalayan blackberry patches, so I've never bothered growing any domesticated blackberries. There is another blackberry with serrated leaves, maybe native to the area(?), that grows here also.  Between the two we have more frozen blackberries than we can possibly use.

I've read that thornless blackberries aren't as flavorful, but that may be inaccurate or may possibly be outdated information and may only pertain to some older varieties.  We had a thornless blackberry growing on our property, an unknown variety, and it was tasteless; the berries were large, too, so it was a big disappointment.

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Larry_G
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April 1, 2023 - 7:47 pm

The wild berry GH refers to may have the common name Cut-Leaf Blackberry.

Vanya: I discontinued Obsidian a few years ago. The fruit was good, but the canes were very spindly, hard to train, and

very spiny, fruit production was low.

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jafar
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June 29, 2023 - 3:26 pm

@Larry_G how are your Columbia Star doing.  With how you care for yours, I bet better than mine 🙂

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Larry_G
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June 30, 2023 - 11:52 am

Hello Jafar. I still have your tip-root and the 6 tissue culture plants growing.

Your tip-root remains the most vigorous of the lot, putting out 3 or 4 sturdy primocanes per year, usually well over 10 feet long.

One of the cultured plants has not put out any significant primocanes this year.

First picking of Columbia Star was yesterday, compared to 5 July last year.

This variety has had some problems here with narrow stem-end of the fruit that is stubborn to get past red phase

and tends to drop prematurely. Best feature is its nearly "seedless" mouthfeel, similar or exceeding red raspberries.

Some of my varieties may suffer from crowding. Although the berry patch is in full sun, some understory varieties (Logan, Boysen) are partially shaded out.

 

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jafar
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June 30, 2023 - 9:53 pm

Yeah, strangely it seems nearly seedless when eaten fresh, but as I recall, not when cooked 🙂

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jafar
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July 5, 2023 - 12:04 pm

Not surprisingly, I'm a few days behind you.  Notice a few nearing ripe last night.  Yum.  Black currants are wrapping up, this back to back near 100 degrees will finish them off.

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John S
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July 5, 2023 - 7:33 pm

My black currants aren't all even ripe yet. I wonder if that's because my yard is more of a food forest, so they are more shaded.

John S
PDX OR

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Larry_G
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July 6, 2023 - 3:59 pm

Harvested today: Red raspberry "Meeker", black-caps, Columbia Star, Boysen.

First 2023 picking of Boysen.

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