Planting and Growing Raspberries
Raspberries, particularly those grown from rooted canes,
contrary to opinion, are not unduly difficult to grow. They are known to
grow wild in
many areas and without a great deal of help, do remarkably well. They do
need just a little help, but for the most part, you can be growing
Some of the essentials for planting raspberries are a good system of trellis, good plant or cane selections and help and treatment
the area that you are growing raspberries in. Once you have all the
essentials chances are that you're going to be growing great berries in
About Raspberry Varieties
The best variety of raspberries to grow from a home environment will be
the ever bearing variety. You're going to have to pay attention to be
able to get
them all picked but frankly they are a delicious chore that you're not
going to mind.
There is always plenty for the dessert table and breakfast is a lot
nicer with fresh berries. Some of the desserts that you can make
include an outstanding trifle, raspberry dumplings, as well as just
fresh berries with
a trickle of cream.
Why Do We Recommend Everbearing Raspberries?
Frankly there is an ever bearing variety of raspberries in every color,
shape and size. There are multiple types of raspberries. They come in
and many different flavors. Do your homework and find out the best
variety for your area. Every zone in the United States has a variety of
will grow best in it.
One great idea we found on the internet was to taste test the berries at
a local store or farm and find the ones you like best. Then
shop at a horticulture or agriculture office and ask questions. Which
are the best berries for your area, why do they recommend them, and who
is the best
person to buy them from?
Select raspberry canes which are rooted and make sure they are
certified free of disease to get a great start in growing raspberries.
If you're truly a
raspberry lover, or you want to sell your products, then everbearing is
just the only way to fly. You're able to eat some, offer some for sale,
freeze for preserving and still give a few away to family and friends.
If you grow only summer raspberries, they are just as they say. You will
get berries in the summer months, and usually for only about a month's
There will be nothing left usually by the end of July. If you select
raspberries that are ever bearing, they will give fruit well into the
late fall months,
sometimes even into November prior to dying off for the year.
Truly gung-ho raspberry farmers will choose both. A few smaller areas of
summer berries which will tend to ripen earlier in the year, then the
everbearing so that they have some earlier fruits and heavier producing
bushes through the remainder of the summer and fall.
A summer variety of raspberry
that you'll find to choose which is a wonderfully sweet and plump berry is called Brandywine.
From the Everbearing variety of berries some names you may
hear which are great producers are:
Summit - an amazing ruby red variety that will produce from late
July into November in areas such as Pennsylvania and New York, while
it's been said
to produce into December in other areas.
Golden is an everbearer which is, as the name implies, a rather yellow shade of everbearing golden raspberry.
How Many Plants Make a Raspberry Patch?
One thing that you will find with growing raspberries is, that if
treated well they multiply like tiger lilies, violets, or anything else
can't seem to kill. If you plan just five canes this year, then you're
likely going to have 25 next year. Runners, produced underground when
looking will have you inundated with growing raspberries before you know
what hit you.
Spread the Patch Out
One thing to consider that many people do not remember. As they spread
and multiply, you're going to have to prune them back. A few cracks with
spin trimmer has done the job for us, but if you let them go, you're
going to be up to your ears in a patch that you simply can't get through
Give yourself some room to move around in the raspberry patch.
Leave rows, like with any other garden, and leave at least four feet between them so
you aren't hung up by the clothing while turning to pick on the other side.
Prune your raspberry bushes in late winter or early spring. Cut out
fruit canes that cropped in the previous season. Cut them off just above
ground and thin out weak shoots. Aim to leave about 4 to 5 shoots per
foot of your row.
Pruning raspberries is essential to keep your plants healthy
and cropping well.
Raspberry Diseases and Issues
Keep The Root Rot at Bay
Another consideration to think about when growing raspberries is raising
the bed. Raised beds in raspberry patches help you go eliminate the one
that you can end up with, which seems to be root rot. Raspberry plants
don't like overly soggy ground and they do end up with problems if they
in wet ground for a period of time in soggy weather.
A two foot tall raised bed is plenty of room for your bushes
to stay a little drier. Fill it with good topsoil, but blend it with
about four parts soil to one part sand which is mingled with some manure
and peat is best. Raspberries like a less acidic soil as well so if
an area that has a prolific amount of hardwoods, you're probably going
to find that your berries will give you a better return if you add a
Raspberries tend to be fairly hardy but they do have some limitations.
One caution to bear in mind is that to avoid an issue which is known as
verticillium wilt you should never plant raspberries in any area where
you have grown potatoes or tomatoes. They carry the disease and can
to your new raspberry patch.
You are definitely going to find that the birds love your new gardening
attempts. If you are serious about your berries, draping them with
netting will stop that problem in a hurry, but many people simply let
them take part of the crop.
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