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Raspberries

Raspberries 

We offer 2 varieties of raspberries which offer a range of options depending what you would like from them. These vary from when they start fruiting, how long they produce for, how much crop to expect and what properties the raspberry has. All this information can be found on each product description.  All of our raspberries have been inspected and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture for pests and diseases.

How to grow raspberries

You will receive your bare root raspberry plants between autumn and spring when they are dormant. It is best to plant these in the area you want them to produce their fruit. A sunny position in well manured, free draining soil.

Summer fruiting raspberries produce fruit on their second year growth. this means you will have to wait a little while for the canes to become established enough to produce fruit. These are called floricane raspberries.  Autumn fruiting raspberries produce fruit on their first year growth. this means you can expect a small amount of fruit in the first year which will increase as the plant becomes more established. These are called primocane raspberries. 

If growing in the ground - They want to be in rows spaced every 38cm and 1.8m apart. However they can be planted in pots if space is limited.

The plant should be set into a hole big enough to lay out the roots. Cover the plant with soil up to where they were in the nursery field (there should be a soil line at the base of the stem). Pressing down the soil to remove any air pocketsWater well and mulch can be added around the base to protect roots from cold weather. 

 

If the weather doesn't allow for planting immediately then you need to put into a pot of compost covering the roots (known as 'heeling in'). Once able plant into the area you want the plant to grow. New growth will appear in spring. 

For the first year of the plants life you will need to water it well to help it become established. If growing in pots you will also need to feed them too. If using a frame loosely tie in the stems. At the end of the fruiting season tie in the canes that haven't fruited and cut down the canes that fruited. However for 'Autumn Bliss' variety cut all the canes down to the ground.

Things to consider:

  • Use a net over the plant to protect the fruit from birds.

  • Remove netting after harvesting the fruit to allow for airflow.

  • Mulch the plants to protect, retain water and provide nutrients.

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