Flower to Fruit – Tracking Blackberry Development
Over the past two weeks, Extension agent Daniel Shires and Intern Abby Whitaker have made several trips to Ervin Lineburger’s blackberry and muscadine farm in Kings Mountain. The purpose of these trips is to track development in five different kinds of blackberries, ending with a final count of the number of days from full bloom to ripe fruit. The first picture is of a Navaho blackberry plant’s flower in full bloom, the second shows the fruit developing, and the third is the blackberry starting to redden. These three pictures were taken on a weekly basis of the original flower, showing the progress that the one bloom has made in only two weeks time. The other cultivars of blackberries that are being observed include Ouachita, Von, Osage, and Natchez. It has been a fascinating learning experience and we are looking forward to seeing out this project till the flower has fully turned into the ripened fruit.