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Growing Raspberries

Growing Raspberries

Heritage Fall Bearing Raspberry

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 Vigorous, fruiting shrubs hardy in zones 3 to 8. Fruit is good for eating fresh and in jams, jellies, desserts, and wine. Available in standard and everbearing types, with red, black, and yellow-fruited varieties. Self-pollinating, and does not require a pollinator for good fruit production. Often grown on a trellis or with support. Keep bare root plants cool and out of direct sunlight until ready to plant and ensure roots remain moist. Roots can be wrapped in moist newspaper or paper towels or soaked in water for 2 to 4 hours before planting. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Prepare a hole 12 inches deep and wide enough to fit the roots without bending. Add compost or other organic matter to the soil and mix well. Trim off any damaged or broken roots, and spread remaining roots out evenly. Fill hole with amended soil, covering roots shallowly, with the roots covered lightly. Overly deep planting reduces growth and vigor. After planting, cut each cane back to 3 to 4 buds. 

Maintenance

Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Prefers moist soils with high organic matter content, but grows in any well-drained soil. Yearly pruning is needed for good yields. Sometimes grown on a trellis or with support.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Jung's Raspberry Jump Start Fertilizer 20-21-20 (51029), Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Blackberries are a related fruiting shrub. Currant and Gooseberry are other hardy fruiting shrubs.

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders, plants benefit from annual fertilization. Less commonly-grown fruiting shrubs include Canadian Haskap and Leikora Sea Berry / Sea Buckthorn (30439).

Product Recommendations

Bird-X Netting can be used to protect fruit from birds.

Raspberry Facts

Easy-to-grow and usually problem-free. Aphids, borers, Japanese beetle, and rose chafer sometimes attack plants. Birds will feed on fruit. Raspberry fruit is very nutritious and high in fiber and vitamin C.

 

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