David, those PAF (Prime Ark Freedom) plants are looking niiiiiiice. Such a large, well kept area for your berries. Do you run a Pick Your Own operation, or stand sales? Or are all those just for your own pleasure?
When did you put those in the ground? This spring or in the fall? Were they tissue culture (TC)? Is that enough questions for one post?
We had 5 small TC plants from Nourse that arrived in March. Two of them each set one berry about 4 1/2 weeks ago. Another is forming some buds now. We may have to share those few berries to get a hint of what they taste like.
The only other cultivated blackberries we have are two Navaho that a son dragged home from clearance at Lowe's last year. They started blooming about 3 weeks ago and still have at least another week's worth of young buds. It was rainy and chilly the first week they were blooming. Too cool and windy for the bees to want to be out. But they set on their own. It looks like we'll get a decent amount of berries from those two plants. We are looking forward to tasting them. I hope they are as good as the descriptions in this thread.
We have wild blackberries all over the property. I'm constantly ripping them out, but have a daughter who complains about that because she enjoys picking and eating them so much. I'm hoping these thornless, non-invasive varieties will satisfy the blackberry lovers here and help save my legs from being ripped up, and plants strangled, by the wild ones.
We planted the berries where they get some shade during the day from tall trees, in a somewhat cooler area of the yard. The reason for that was because the wild ones seem to do best when they have shade instead constant sun here.
You'll probably have some of the PAF to eat before we do. I hope you return to the thread to give your report.