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Blackberry Bedford Giant


Rubus fruticosus Bedford Giant

A vigorous variety with large black fruit

Large, sweet and succulent deep-purple summer fruits are produced from late summer to autumn and are packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants.


Happy in sun or part shade. Make sure this variety has plenty of space as it can grow up to 1.8m (6 feet) in a season.


Happy in any moist, well-drained soil. Add homemade garden compost or well rotted manure to the soil before planting. Plant against a wall or fence and tie in the stems as they grow through the summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 160 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 110 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 210 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting June - October
Cropping August - October

Typically available

From March to September