This bramble is a ruthless thug in the garden – it will take over all that it is close to; as such, it is best grown in its own designated bramble patch. And even though they are sold as a hardy plant, our experience is that they are not really hardy enough for zone 3. We pin the canes down to the ground, and cover them up with leaves to insulate them every fall. As they are a floricane (which means they produce on last year’s growth) you will never get blackberries if the canes freeze out. They love a hot summer, and a hot place to grow. We planted ours up against a south facing garage wall. They also do not make it to fully ripen during our short summer unless you have a protected micro-climate hot spot, but most years we get enough to feel that growing them is still worth it. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH.