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Doyle's Thornless Blackberry

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1600 Bedford Road
Washington, Indiana 47501 (United States)

Phone: (812) 254-2654
Fax: (812) 254-2655

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Positive chuck_g
Raleigh, NC
(1 review)
June 5, 2014
About 7 years ago I bought 8 Doyle's Thornless Blackberries, because the claims of up to 20 lbs of berries off a vine sounded great. The plants received were pretty tiny but got established ok. I then moved in June when the plants were a year old. Three survived transplanting. In their new home, I cut down trees to get them more sun and I installed irrigation. During the growth season I feed them Miracle Grow every couple weeks. Where canes are allowed to touch the ground, they sometimes root, otherwise known as propagation by "layering". I now have 8 big productive vines and there are 5 little ones to move around next fall. I wind the canes through the rails of my deck fence and so I have 80 linear feet of area covered by vines. I expect to harvest 100-200 lbs of berries this year. These berries, when properly loved and cared for, are tremendous. Highly recommend. 10-20lbs of berries a season per plant is possible in my experience. I am in Raleigh, NC, zone 7.
Positive VegetativeFool
Sandpoint, ID
(1 review)
October 8, 2013
My 1st order with Doyle's was great. All plants took off and have sent out 15 ft. canes in the second season. The fruit was very good with small seeds. I waited for the berries to go from shiny to dull looking and the taste was the best I've had in a blackberry.
I placed my second order on Sat. Oct 5 and it was here Monday Oct. 7th. The plants arrived in good shape and were nice and moist and green. They averaged about 10" in length.
I have planted them, in nice big holes, with compost,garden,soil and cow manure. The pH at planting is 5.7. They are covered with white,square,5 gal. plastic buckets for winter protection. They are spaced 8' apart and will be trained to a double T trellis. 10 mil plastic surrounds all my berry plants Come on Spring!!
Negative jackhanna
Hotchkiss, CO
(2 reviews)
June 10, 2013
Well folks I am into my sixth season with Doyles blackberries and it has been a very dissapointing experience. I live in zone 5 in western Colorado. Every year I have expirenced severe cane damage which triggers early primocane grow and little energy put into what little flora canes that did survive. So here I am again June 10th with very little foilage on my flora canes and primo canes growing. I have given these plants every chance for six years. My soil is fertile P H correct and plenty of moisture. What berries I have harvested are mostly from what little are produced from the primocanes. I have talked with Tom Doyle extensively and over the years about the problems. Tom is a nice guy but it seems he mostly a salesman . Tom's latest explanation is that the plants are like kids { they do what they want to }. I guess it is my on fault. Doyles webb site states they are growing in all fifty states not that they will produce any respectable amount in all fifty states. I have 48 plants and have worked very hard at making perfect growing conditions only to recieve a small amount of poor quality berries. Buyer beware
Positive MrWayne52
Auburn, GA
(1 review)
September 12, 2012
I ordered 4 plants in July requesting shipment to be delayed until this September.I also called Tom Doyle and was delighted with his friendly personality and helpful comments. My plants arrived when I expected them to and were in excellent condition. I am very satisfied with the whole experience. How to wait for the plants to do there part.

This was an easy and pleasant transaction.
Positive Beauport
Québec
Canada
(1 review)
July 22, 2012
Posted on July 22, 2012, updated July 22, 2012
In 2006, we purchased one Doyle Thornless Blueberry plant which we planted in our outdoor garden, 8 inches from the southern wall of our bungalow basement in Québec City, where winter night temperatures reach occasionally 15 degrees below zero Farenheit. It sprouted, year after year, 12-foot thornless canes without berries, which we tied to horizontal wires 3 feet above ground. Every autumn, we covered the plant's roots with a protective high pile of leaves, before deep snow accumulated on top. Every spring, we had to cut back the dead top 11 feet of each cane which had frozen on the wires during the previous winter. The plant's survival might also be due to its closeness to the exterior surface of our "warm" basement wall. In the spring of 2011, we discovered that the surrounding soil lacked sufficient sulfur. We then treated it once or twice using garden sulfur powder diluted in water. We repeated the treatment on July 5th 2012. Five days later, flowers appeared for the first time in 6 years. Ten days after that, several green berries appeared which will probably ripen into blueberries. This testimonial was written on July 22nd 2012.
On July 22nd, 2012, Beauport added the following:

CORRECTION: "Blueberry" should read BLACKBERRY
Positive Red_Devil
Kansas City, MO
(1 review)
July 8, 2012
Three years ago, I started bugging my cousin in Or. to send me some starter plants from the blackberries she cursed so much about taking over her yard. Nothing fatter & sweeter than Or. blackberries, and I wanted some. She sent me a bunch of plants, and all died but one. She then ordered me a couple plants from Doyle, of their thornless plant. One of the two died, and Doyle replaced it no questions asked, very promptly and politely. That replacement plant also died, but I didn't have the heart to ask them to replace yet another one. The first year after planting, we had cane growth from the surviving plant, but no berries. I knew that sometimes fruit bearing plants take some settling in time to produce. Last year, we had more cane growth, and a few berries. This year, we have LOTS of cane growth, and a pretty fair amount of berries. Not huge amounts, but still quite a bit. Our first picking produced 1lb 5oz, our second 4lb 10oz, then 1 1/2 lb, then 1lb, and today about 2lb. We still have some red and green ones on the vine, so I guess we'll get another 2-4 lb. Weather permitting, by next year we should be swimming in berries. In fact, I am online right now looking to buy from Doyle again, and add another plant or two. I plan to brew myself some blackberry mead with this first batch, and maybe make some jam or cobbler. Just remember folks, patience is key. Yes, the berries can be tart, unless you leave them on the vine longer, but then the birds and rabbits steal you blind. Doyle is good to deal with. By the way, I live in Missouri.
Positive dinglehopper
Ooltewah, TN
(1 review)
June 28, 2012
I bought 2 plants about 8 years ago, and when they arrived (timely, yes) I was suprised at how small they were. Well, they WERE guaranteed to live a year, so I planted them right away, they grew, and ... NO fruit! Then I did research and realized not ALL blackberries produce fruit in the first year (primocanes), so they must be floricanes ... and yes, they produced in the second summer but I was still disappointed. They lived, and yes- they fruited, but didn't seem to be a great value. Well, by the third year they spread ALL OVER the garden (my wife and I battle over space for edibles vs. flowers). They are a little less flavorful than the wild variety (near Chattanooga, TN), but easier to pick, more productive, and are a showpiece (when they are trellised over the arbor and you have to reach UP to pick them). BTW they have outproduced Arapaho (thornless) in my yard :-)
Negative jmnave
Elverta, CA
(9 reviews)
January 30, 2012
I bought two plants for $20 each. What I received were two rooted cuttings in tiny peat ball starters. The root mass in each was about 1 square inch. The plants are very weak and sickly looking. I hope they live. These plants are at least two years behind berry plants that you might buy from other nurseries for far less money.

These cuttings had been stuffed into long pots to make it appear as if the plants had extensive root systems, but the tiny root balls fell out of the pots as soon as I opened the box.

Doyle is willing to give me a refund but I want to see if these berry plants live up to their hype. At this point I have no reason to believe they will, so it is a gamble on my part. If they die I will return them. I just wanted to let everyone know what you get for $20.

Neutral yardener
Greenfield, OH (Zone 6a)
(19 reviews)
December 2, 2011
Posted on February 24, 2010, updated December 2, 2011
After one year I'm not really impressed, especially for the price per plant. I think for the money that you could get 5 to 6 regular thornless blackberries.

On December 2nd, 2011, yardener added the following:

Another year has gone by and still few blackberries. The cheap garden center plants, though smaller berries, are out producing the Doyles.
Positive ReddBull
Jeddo, MI
(1 review)
April 24, 2011
I ordered 36 plants in June of 2006. They arrived late June. I was able to plant them in the 20ft by 100ft black plastic mulch on July 4th, 2006. The plants were very tiny. I was a bit shocked at their small size. I planted them as recommended - spacing rows six feet apart with the plants eight feet apart within the rows. They grew a lot that first year, in spite of being planted so late.
For the first three years the canes died down to the ground because of hard frosts when they began to bud in April. I was a bit discouraged. I called Tom Doyle. The man is amazing! He almost always answers his cell phone. When he is unavailable, he always returns my calls and ships products promptly.
Tom asked me a lot of questions about my soil and location. I live in Michigan. We have harsh winters and many early and late spring frosts. Tom thought that maybe my soil had deficiencies and my PH was off. I did as he instructed. I was skeptical - thinking that maybe I just lived in a bad area for these berries.
Tom recomended that I try a product that helped protect the dormant and budding canes from frost. The product protects other plants also, like fruits, vegetables and flowers. It offers nine degrees of protection from frost damage. I tried it. It really worked. Last summer I had my first crop after three years of frustration. The product needs to be reapplied as the plants grow until all danger of frost is past.
I'm so glad I asked for help. We picked about 400 pounds of fruit. It would have been greater, but there was severe rabbit damage that killed many canes. This past winter I was ever vigilant with rabbit repelant. The canes are as thick as my thumbs for the first six feet or so. Some canes are nearly 30 feet long. The plants are gigantic - more like grape vines in size. The canes branch. Many of the branches are over 20 feet long. I hope to pick over 2,000 pounds this year.
In August of 2010 I drove to southern Indiana to visit Tom. He stayed at the office longer to meet me and answer my questions. He is a very nice man. He showed me around the grounds where his father gardened. He answered many questions and told me funny stories. Tom is a wealth of knowledge. He answeres questions about watering, fertilizers, greenhouses and more. I can't imagine anyone complaining about his services. I had a great time. Thanks Mr. Doyle. Sincerely, Ron R.
Positive captrick56
Williamsport, PA
(1 review)
February 25, 2011
Despite Doyles outrageous claims for their thornless blackberries, I ordered one plant just to see what it would do. I planted it on Sept 29, 2008. It grew some during the fall, but nothing spectacular happened. It wintered over just fine and started growing nicely in the spring of 2009. It sent out canes and I tied them up to a trellis. Some of the canes spread out 15 to 20 feet in each direction. By the fall of 2009 I was quite impressed with the growth. Again the plant wintered over just fine. In the spring of 2010 it really took off. It was just loaded with beautiful blossoms and I started picking berries about July 1. That first berry that I picked was quite an experience. I'm not sure if it melted in my mouth or exploded in my mouth, but I've never tasted a berry like that in my life. It was fantastic. What an experience!!! I especially enjoy letting people try them and watching the expression on their faces when that first berry hits their taste buds. Priceless. Doyles said in their literature that some people get up to 3 gallons their first year. By the end of July I had picked 4 gallons and I could not have been more pleased. The berries were everything they claimed and then some. I've been freezing my berries and am finding that they keep much better than any other berries I have frozen. As I picked the berries I trimmed the vines back to make room for the new ones that were then growing. Some of the new growth is approaching 40 feet in length. I have no doubt that I will pick at least 8 to 10 gallons of berries this year. Late last summer I sent Dave Doyle an e-mail telling him of my experience with his berries and he sent me a nice response the next day. To sum it up, Doyles Thornless Berries have been the most rewarding gardening experience I've ever had and nothing beats sitting out on the back porch at sunset with a bowl of berries and vanilla ice cream. Thank You Dave Doyle!!!
Positive gardener_Brian
Centreville, MS
(1 review)
December 14, 2010
I talked with the company many times before ordering. They were very helpful and answered all of my questions.
I set up a ship date and the 36 plants arrived just when they said they would. The plants were in really good shape and much bigger than I had expected.
I could not plant them right away so I kept them moist for a few days til I was ready to get them in the ground.
We have a sany loam to clay soil so I dug my holes 1' wide by 2 feet deep filling it back up with some good soil for drainage and root expansion. The plants were put in the ground on July 17, 2009. By the end of the growing season (which was late nov. to early dec.) I had many canes over 10' in length. One of the plants did die within about 3 wks. and it was replaced within just a couple of days.
These canes to my surprise bore alot of fruit this past June. The berries were good size and alittle on the tart side, but just as Tom Doyle had told me," the longer I leave them on the vine the sweeter they will get" and I found that to be true.
The growth from this yr. is really AMAZING! I can not count the number of canes that I have that are over 20' with many being 25'+. They have grown just as Tom Doyle told me they would.
I planted them exactly as Tom told me. 8' apart within the row with a T post every 16' and 8' between the rows. I have 2 rows of 18 plants each. I ran 4 rows of 12 gage wire down each row at 3,4,5 and 6 ft. I have so many canes that there are some 16' sections that I can not see through to the next row. These plants grow like you would not believe. It really is amazing. If the end of the cane gets damaged it will send out anywhere from 3 to 8 canes to replace it. I have been gardening for more than 4 decades and I have never seen anything like it.
As of today they are just 3 day short of being in the ground for 17months. We have had some chilly nights down in the 20's so the growth has stopped for this yr.
I can't wait for next yr. to pick all the fruit I am going to have and to see how much bigger and longer my canes will be.
I can not say enough good things about Tom Doyle and his staff and these tremendous plants. If you like blackberries, but don't like paying the high cost at the store, you need to order some of these plants.
Positive david_sinclair
Bath, ME
(1 review)
August 26, 2010
I ordered my 3 Doyle's blackberry plants in mid-2007. They arrived fairly quickly, and went straight into the spot I had prepared for them. My preparation was nothing more than tilling the soil, and boosting its nutrient content with compost worm castings.

First year: no growth. Plants looked browned and unhappy. Winter made them even less happy. (We live in Maine, on the Zone 4/Zone 5 border.)

Second year: again, nothing. I wasn't even sure, SURE, if they had survived the winter.

Third year - I started considering tilling the plants out and trying something different. But decided to wait another month. And BOY, am I glad I did! The plants have totally taken off, and are producing copious fruit, despite the harsh winters, Japanese beetle pests, and clay-like soil that we have here. The berries are BIG, and juicy, and a real treat in oatmeal or on ice cream!

Some posters have noted the tart flavor - and I agree. From my perspective, this is a positive, though some may prefer a sweeter berry. The longer they stay on the cane, naturally, the sweeter they taste, but these are definitely on the more tart end of the blackberry spectrum.

So they are tart, and they take some patience. But if you can live with those 2 attributes, I think you will find these plants real winners!

P.S. anyone local to Bath, ME is welcome to come by and see my plants anytime during growing season.

Negative drinks
Trinity, TX
(2 reviews)
July 7, 2010
I bought 2 Doyle's plants 3 years ago, I specified a window of shipping dates, the plants were shipped about 3 months late, just in time for 90'+ temperatures, one plant was parboiled on arrival, the other squeaked by.
Doyle's did replace the dead plant.
After 3 years, they finally bloomed, set a total of 14 berries between the 2 plants, the first berries finally turned black and soft today, they are full of very large seeds, the taste is about like a lemon.
Very disappointing, I am going to remove the plants this week and stop buying something that seems too good to be true.
A waste of time and money, I could have had several thornless berries in production now, of other types.
Caveat Emptor
Donald Rinks
Positive KandDFarms
Vinita, OK
(1 review)
July 2, 2010
Posted on May 8, 2010, updated July 2, 2010
Posted on May 6, 2010, updated May 8, 2010
Posted on July 22, 2009, updated May 6, 2010
I ordered 50 plants for our commercial berry farm in Sept.2008. they were delivered on time but the UPS shipper had totaly destroyed the container. 9 of the plants were broken in several places but, I decided to see if they would make it through the winter. (The other 41 were in great shape) I was surprised at the small size of the plants but knowing the growth habit I was not concerned. These plants started rapid growth in Feb. of 2009 but the 9 damaged plants succumbed to the nasty winter ice storms we had here in Oklahoma. I sent an e-mail requesting replacement plants and they were replaced at no charge and with friendly service. All 50 of the plants are growing vigorously and are straining the limits of my 5 wire treliss system! I have drip irrigation on them and they were planted through a heavy layer of black plastic mulch film with a covering of limestone gravel to keep the windstorms from ripping up the plastic. I have nothing but praise so far for these plants! I have sent several e-mails to Mr. Doyle and have gotten rapid responses and helpful information at all times. We are expecting to add another 50 plants each year for the next 4 years to get a total of 250 plants for our vineyard. I will pay the higher prices as these plants far outclass the most recomended cultivars.

Kevin White
K & D Farms
Vinita, Oklahoma
On July 22nd, 2009, KandDFarms added the following:

I forgot to mention that our plants are in raised beds and each row is 210 feet long with 25 plants per row. The local wineries are eagerly awaiting my production as the sugar content of these berries is very high and should make excellent wines.

Kevin White
K & D Farms
Vinita, Oklahoma
On August 11th, 2009, KandDFarms added the following:

We have pictures of our Doyle's Thornless Blackberry vineyard on our farm Myspace if anyone would like to view them. just look us up under K & D Farm / Kayla's Berry Patch in the friend finder service provided by Myspace.com I will post them here if I can figure out how to do so!
On August 11th, 2009, KandDFarms added the following:

Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/kaylasberrypatch sorry not real talented on a computer!


On September 17th, 2009, KandDFarms added the following:

Odering another 40 plants! This will bring us up to 90 plants so far. Will be ordering 40 plants per year until we have 250 total. Have customers already waiting for next seasons crop! Very Satisfied with both plants and service provided by Doyle's.
On October 2nd, 2009, KandDFarms added the following:

Recieved the order of 40 additional plants this morning. All plants in good shape and healthy. I will post pictures of them on our farm MySpace. I will start planting in the morning!This will give us 90 of these amazing plants in the ground. I look forward to many gallons of juicy berries next year for my customers. I should be able to keep up with demand from the local wineries and still have a few for blackberry syrup for the morning hotcakes!
On May 6th, 2010, KandDFarms added the following:

Well it's me again! I wanted you all to know that after the worst winter in my 49 years, the Doyle's berries came through with flying colors! They endured -10 temps, Rabbit onslaughts,and a very late spring freeze. I was helped through every obstacle by the folks at Doyle's. They recomended a rabbit repellent that was certified organic as well as the certified organic fertilizer that I am using to stay within my organic status. (All of which can be purchased through them at less cost than the price I was quoted directly from the Mfg.!) My plants are thriving and the new canes that are now growing are as big around as broomsticks! I have nothing but praise for the folks at Doyle's for their customer service and plants. If these plants keep going the way they are now, I may be "Forced" to retire from my off the farm job and stay home and collect money from the berry farm! I will wholeheartedly recomend Doyle's Thornless Blackberries to anyone for both home and commercial applications.
On May 8th, 2010, KandDFarms added the following:

BTW.... I already have hundreds of blooms getting ready to open and the main canes have not even fully leaved out yet! So far each leaf cluster that comes out of a bud on the canes has had a cluster of berry blooms grow out of it. These are second year canes and looks like there will be probably around 5-7 gallons of berries per plant at the current time. More leaves and blooms are expected in the comming days. I will update as the season progresses.
On July 2nd, 2010, KandDFarms added the following:

The two year old plants have become loaded with berries and we are expecting 10+ gallons per plant. Some of our first year plants are also puting on fruit. I have posted pics of them on our farm myspace. The link is in the above postings.
Negative DeerPaint
Crystal Lake, IL
(1 review)
June 30, 2010
I purchased two blackberry bushes in summer of 2007. While the bushes grew wonderfully, those canes died off during the winter months, so we have had no berries. I really had thought that Doyle's were more hardy and would have no problem fruiting in northwestern Illinois. I've tried to e-mail the company to find a solution if there is any, but they have not responded.
Positive buffalobills
Hernando, FL
(1 review)
May 21, 2010
i ordered 20 plants last year and watched as they exploded like doyles said they would.so far so good.second summer plants are now making berries.lots of berries.i have 250 plus more plants.i am selling my navaho berry plants and my blue berry plants and making room for more doyles.the people at doyles are good people.yes i will do further bussiness with them.
Positive drumlady4459
Boise, ID
(1 review)
May 19, 2010
I purchased just one plant in 2007 fairly late in the season. It was slow growing that first year and even the 2nd. Then last year it took off, really took off. I was working in a big vegetable garden elsewhere and paid little attention last summer. Plus I'm still learning how to prune it properly. Despite all this, I harvested 4 lbs of blackberries last summer - big fat delicious berries. This year I'm home and paying attention and can't wait to see what the yield is. My one plant is growing on trellises fastened to the fence in my back yard - between two houses so it does not get sun all day long. We had a very erratic spring with some late hard frosts (Idaho) but it rebounded after each and is now growing very well. I'm impressed.
Positive formerflyboy
Windsor, IL
(1 review)
June 22, 2009
I ordered 4 plants last summer and received them on time. Couldn't get them planted right away so kept them moist as instructed. Once I did plant them I didn't put a fence up to keep the rabbits out... big mistake. All four plants were eaten down to the ground. I thought for sure they were toast. Winter came and went and one day I was mowing and saw that they were regrowing. I put some fertilizer (bought through the website) at their bases and they are taking off like wildfire. My biggest one has 4ft runners off of it and I'm scrambling to get my wires up and keep them weeded (putting chemilcal-free weed netting down today to keep the weeds back.

So far I am impressed with the refusal of these plants to die and expect berries next season.
Negative mycomike
Bar Harbor, ME
(3 reviews)
February 23, 2009
Wish i had some berries. Problem is Doyle's kept reassuring me ALL spring and summer last year that they'd have my plants out in 2 weeks... only to tell me in late summer that in fact they didn't have ANY for me til the next year. Wish they's been up front about that, I'd have asked for a refund and started another variety, had a lot of money tied up in that and it was quite annoying. I understand that plant's are fickle and it's hard to predict production but then why have an elaborate pre-order page posted?
Positive Greenhummer
Akron, OH
(1 review)
October 18, 2008
The Doyle's Thornless Blackberry plants were slow the first two years of growth, then all hell broke loose. I have never seen a plant that grows like this and the quantity and size of berries are pretty amazing. The truely riped berry is sweetly intoxicating. My purchased plants were some of the first available. Thanks Thomas Doyle...you are remembered.
Positive tonymarcia
Fairborn, OH
(2 reviews)
September 29, 2008
So far, so good. They shipped plants to me when they said that they would. The plants are smaller than I thought they would be but they do look healthy and I will be patient to see how they do the next couple of years.
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Neutral _ellen_
Norwich, CT
(1 review)
August 29, 2008
I bought two plants a few years ago from the folks in Texas. I was expecting a bare-root, good-sized plant, but got little, baby seedlings. Never mind, they grew just fine. Since then, a couple new plants have appeared, and a few seedlings, and a layering or two (I am not always diligent about tying the canes.)

My problems:
1. the seeds are HUGE! and make them inedible, for me, fresh. I turn them all into jam. What I was looking forward to was berries with milk and sugar in a bowl with a spoon. They make great jam, but I am glad I don't have to make 50 plants worth of it!
2. They turn really sweet about a second before they fall off the vine, so that all these nice, black-looking ones that don't really want to let go yet are rather tart.
3. I have some kind of a borer that kills about half the canes before the fruit ripen. I cut them off and send them to the incinerator, but this doesn't solve the problem.

So, I wouldn't plant them again. The best blackberries ever were the escaped ones growing in the empty lots in northern New Jersey, ca 1975. With vicious thorns.
On August 29th, 2008, _ellen_ added the following:

Forgot to say - the current Indiana company's website needs a new webmaster. It is short on details, information, clear pictures, everything. The navigation chart on the side is OK. But, overall, it was not helpful to me.
Positive none331
Mount Bethel, PA
(2 reviews)
August 13, 2008
I have about 30 plants. After five years the plants are loaded. I started getting fruit after three years. I planted in the spring and the following spring removed all flowers.
Negative StMarySquare
Osterville, MA
(1 review)
June 27, 2008
Terrible Customer Service Experience: Placed an order April 2nd which was scheduled to ship on April 26th. Checked the website May 5th and it said that order would ship May 15th. Called May 20th and 22nd and heard nothing back. Sent an inquiry email June 5th and heard nothing back. Sent an angry email June 10th and got a canned response saying that my phone & email must have changed(neither did) and offering an excuse that they have too many customers and not enough staff. I responded to the email asking once again about the status of my order and have not had any response.

It has now been nearly 3 months since I placed my order, I have missed half of the growing season and there is no sign of the order being delivered. I have to laugh at some of the other posts where the Dobson people claim that "no one values customer service more than we do"....people who value customer service invest in enough staff to provide service.

My advice to readers of this thread is to help them out and not add to their burden by adding to their woes by becoming an additional customer.
Company representative comment on June 28, 2008:

On Jun 28, 2008 2:14 PM, Doyle's Thornless Blackberry added:

We do have a problem with production this year that is beyond our control and we are shipping plants as quickly as they are ready. We don't know until Monday of the week we are shipping how many plants we have ready so its very difficlut to project ahead to give a difinite delivery date.

We do return all phone calls if we have a number that works and I personally answer all emails.

Due to the problems this year, we are getting about 100 phone calls and 40 emails daily.

Most likely the customer has our email blocked so we are unable to respond.

Positive Flathead
Paw Paw, MI
(1 review)
June 26, 2008
I bought six Doyle plants in the spring of 2007. They were not impressive when received but within a few weeks, they started growing well. By fall's first frost, I had impressive canes on all plants. This year (2008), the plants show massive growth and are currently flowering very heavy on wire trellises. I anticipare a lot of fruit (my first yield) this summer. I have very poor soil/mole problems. As a result, I used 55-gal. plastic barrels (cut in half) buried in the ground with drain holes and a rich mix of Miracle-Gro potting soil and compost. They appear to love it. I highly recommend Doyle blackerry plants! They may not be impressive when first received and they start growing slowly but the results are as advertised. The Doyle people are honest about their blackberries and they've always quickly responded to my e-mails.
Positive gemmertine
Bristol, NH
(2 reviews)
February 10, 2008
I live in northern NH. I had some questions early on and emailed Doyle's and got replies shortly after. I ordered 9 plants and had a few of the plants die after the first winter. I emailed Doyle's and they replaced the plants right away. The area I chose had gotten buried in 5 feet of snow and ice which I've corrected by positioning a snow fence in the fall. Then my backyard flooded from unusual spring rains. I'm a little surprised that all the plants didn't die. My experience is that these plants are slow starters, but they are amazing once they get going. These plants are everything that they are advertised to be. If I had more room I wouldn't hesitate to order more. My experience is that Doyle's is a first class operation with a great product.
Positive BarberBerryFarm
Millbrook, AL
(1 review)
November 7, 2007
This past March we purchased 20 of their berry plants to enhance our U-Pick selection and could not be more pleased with their first year primocane growth, many of which are over 30 feet in length. More importantly, the small amount of berries we received on the initial growth from the tissue-based plantings ripened July 1st! This is exactly what we were hoping for as our other blackberries produce their berries between the middle of May through the middle of July, then stop. Of course, there are quite a few skeptics down here in Alabama as to their advertised production capabilites, but I'm an optomist and we're doing everything we can to make these plantings a success. However, one thing I just noticed on their website growing notes, which is contrary to what I was told on the phone earlier in the year, was that you should prune the primocanes at around 8-9 feet to stimulate lateral growth off the main canes whereas on the phone they told me to just let the main primocanes grow. So, to that end, this year we let them all grow and we'll see what happens next spring. Then next year, we'll prune half the plants at 8-9 feet and let the other 10 plants grow unrestrained and see which ones produce more. Of course, we'll keep you all posted as to their success.
Positive HomerWilliam
Chicago, IL
(1 review)
October 16, 2007
Ordered Doyles Thornless Blackberries 2 plants in June 2007 and planted them. when arrived two weeks later 12 inches tall now it is oct. 2007 and both with three sprats each are over 4 feet tall very please.
Positive superdv1
O Fallon, IL
(1 review)
August 23, 2007
Very Impressed!! I purchased and planted one Doyles blackberry plant in the fall of 2005. First year growth in 2006 was very impressive! Multiple cane growth during 2006, up to over 6 feet, but followed instructions and pruned all 6 foot plus canes to right around 6 foot on my 3 wire trellis system. Late summer/fall, numerous lateral canes grew all the way to the ground and actually rooted (natural tip-layering). I should have left the new plants until the spring of 2007 but just clipped them off since I had no room for expansion in my yard. Spring/summer 2007, massive growth with the new canes and loaded with flowers/berries. Probably got 2 to 3 gallons of berries the second year. Mid-summer 2007, really nice new canes (the biggest cane probably as big around as a garden rake handle and 12 to 14 feet tall). I pruned this biggest cane off at about 10 feet. Now multiple laterals growing everywhere. I expanded my trellis from 16 to 17 feet long, 6 feet tall by setting longer posts in the ground, at about 21 feet long and about 8 feet tall. I've already measured out and am planning on setting 2 additional posts next spring around 20 more feet to either side of my current 21 feet long trellis system, for my two new plants that I am currently trying to propogate. To make a long story short, I'm very happy with my Doyles!!
Negative ismecsb
Walkerton, IN
(1 review)
July 3, 2006
Ordered the Blackberry "bush" & received a 5" wilted leaf. I had ordered in early spring and they were out. I FINALLY rec'd. my "bush" the middle of October (I live in NORTHEN Indiana!!). I planted it and it was dead 2 weeks later (after our first frost). I made sure to mark the spot where I had planted it. By mid-April, nary a sprig. I called them and got through to a woman on the first try. I told her I was thoroughly disappointed that I had spent that much money for a leaf that came three months later than it should have and I wanted my money back. I had it in two days. I also made my point that for that much I should have gotten a REAL plant. I thought their ad was VERY misleading.
Company representative comment on July 3, 2006:

On Jul 3, 2006 1:00 PM, Doyle's Thornless Blackberry added:

Apparently some people are never satisified. We made a full refund in two days including all shipping charges. Nobody values customer service and satisifaction more than we do.

We have never advertised that we are selling a "bush". We do sell tissue cultured virus indexed plants that grow very large.

Positive alg
Durham, NC
(1 review)
September 16, 2005
In response to the first comment, mine didn't look that great until they really took off they following spring and summer. I did a fall planting, and now, the next fall, they are really huge, even had a few berries! Next season is when I should have berries, and I am paying very careful attention to soil and fertilizer. Good luck!
Positive yerfdog1940
London, KY
(1 review)
May 15, 2005
last year ordered 6 plants planted fall of 2004. this spring they all look good i am going to order more . call them on how to plant them? they told me how. they were nice to me.
larry
Neutral TuddyE
Georgetown, KY (Zone 6a)
(51 reviews)
April 26, 2005
I RECENTLY ORDERED FROM DOYLES BECAUSE OF THE POSITIVE COMMENTS I READ ON THIS SITE. WELL, THE PRICES WERE GOOD, THE ORDER ARRIVED QUICKLY AND I WAS E-MAILED A RAPID RESPONSE. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PLANTS STILL AREN'T LOOKING WELL, ABOUT AS BAD AS WHEN THEY ARRIVED, AND A PHONE CALL WAS LEFT UNRETURNED. I UNDERSTAND THEY ARE BUSY THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW THE BLOOM TIME AND OFFICIAL NAME, ECT OF "DOYLES" BLACKBERRYS--NONE OF WHICH WAS INDICATED WITH THE SMALL BUNDLE I GOT. INFO SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH THE PACK BEYOND PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS. I AM NOT VERY HAPPY, AND I'M NOT SURE, BUT MAY GO BACK TO GETTING MY FUTURE ORDERS ELSEWHERE.
Positive Tribeola
Mogadore, OH
(11 reviews)
May 14, 2004
Ordered 7 blackberry bushes from them. Asked them to ship them earlier (as soon as they could) than I originally asked. Received them 2 days after I called. Nice plants, healthy, and packaged well. Will give another update in a year to tell everyone how these little guys do. Their website is constantly being updated right now, I am assuming that they are listening to people out there. They have some pretty specific guidelines on the website on growing these blackberries. I will be putting them in raised beds and training them to wires, much like you do with grapes.
On June 15th, 2005, Tribeola added the following:

My plants are looking great! However, didn't get any growth on second-year canes - all dead. However, the new canes are blooming right now(?). You just need to "baby" the new plants a lot. Once their established you don't have to worry.
Positive LEEMARTIN
Washington, IN (Zone 6a)
(1 review)
March 21, 2004
This blackberry is as productive as the ad states. I personally photographed many of the scenes used in the description of the berries. I also purchased 10 of the plants and trellised them in 5 25 ft. rows, 2 plants each.
The canes were trained in the 3 wires per row and canes filled the rows the 2nd year. We sold the property to my daughter but she and her husband picked over 100 gallon of berries the third year. The berries must harvested at the ripe stage for the best flavor. Expect 25 to 30 berries to the quart. Good Jiuce, good jelley, Good wine. I say thumbs up to the berries.

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