Chester Floricane Thornless Large Late season 12 cm pot
Chester Thornless Blackberry
(SIUS 68-6-17) (cross of SIUS 47x THORNFREE made in 1968 by J.W. Hull, the same cross that produced Hull Thornless, both have Darrow as grandparent) is a very vigorous, productive, large fruited, late maturing moderately winter hardy blackberry cultivar released jointly by the Agricultural Research Service, USDA, the Illinois Agricultural Experimental Station, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and The Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station in 1985. Chester was named in recognition of the contributions of Dr. Chester Zych, former fruit researcher at the University of Illinois. Chester been proven for U-pick operations and home gardeners, also for fresh market places. The outstanding characteristics of Chester are Hardiness and disease resistance and high yields of large fruit of good quality. It was recommended as a replacement for Thornless variety. Zones 4-7. Size: Large plant 12cm pot.
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Berries have a pleasing, sweet flavor. But Chester doesn't want to give up its berries until they are ripe. They will come off the canes easier when fully ripe. Very delicious!
Ok full disclosure here. I purchased five bare-root Chesters from another company before I found BU online. I will review them here because I believe these are an exceptional variety and getting them from BU will put you ahead in the growth cycle like their plants have done for me. Chester is a beautiful variety. Mine have semi-erect, strong canes, disease and pest free, and produce huge clusters of cotton candy pink blooms with over 30 berries per cluster. The berries are nice sized, and pretty. I highly recommend this variety, especially from this company.