Chester is the most winter hardy of the thornless varieties. It has large, sweet, high-quality berries with good flavor. It is excellent for fresh eating, jams, jellies, and pies. "Chester" is the largest fruiting thornless blackberry grown.
- Flowers are a light pink and decorative
- Ripens in August
- For best results, furnish ample moisture during the growing period and cultivate frequently
- After the first fruiting season, prune to the ground to allow room for new canes
- Pruning should be done each spring to keep plants from becoming tangled and to improve their ability to bear
- Successful growing depends on pruning the plant to 5-6 canes, along with training new canes to stand erect