Grow raspberries in your own landscape
Raspberries and cream, raspberry juice, raspberry jam: raspberry liqueur: the possibilities seem endless when it comes to enjoying this delicious fruit, especially when you can grow your own raspberries. These delicate berry varieties are able to offer us many pleasant surprises: they stand frozen in a layer on the baking sheet or in a bag to remind us of the taste of summer on a dull, cloudy day.
Grow raspberries: choose the right variety first!
Plant raspberries in the garden
First decide which raspberry variety is right for you! These fruits come in two categories: Summer and Autumn-bearing (also called always-bearing). Summer-bearing plants will definitely please you with a large and bounty harvest in late summer. Fall-bearing plants yield two crops a year: one in early fall and a small one early next summer. Raspberries commonly come in the following colors: red (cultivars like “Latham”, “Autumn Bliss” and “Heritage”) and black (cultivars like “Blackhawk” and “Bristol”) and yellow (cultivars like “Honeyqueen” and “Fallgold” ). In general, the red varieties are stronger, hardier and more productive than the black and yellow raspberry plants.
Choose the right spot for your raspberry bushes!
Raspberry bushes are vigorous plants, they fill the bed where they are planted. Choose a spot in full sun and well-drained soil, add some compost to give the raspberry plants a jump start. Here you have two options when shopping for raspberry plants: you can buy bare-root raspberries in the spring, or you can buy container-grown plants that need to be grown in the spring, summer, or fall. Our tip: plant the Himbber canes 50 cm apart and in rows 1.50 m apart. The raspberries will soon fill up all the free space there.
Delicious fruits in your own garden
Other important tips to follow:
- The raspberries grow 1.20 to 1.80 m high. You could also consider putting up a wire fence so the canes are supported by the wires and grow on either side.
- When harvesting, only pull the ripe berries lightly, they don’t keep very well.
- Raspberries are eaten fresh or frozen.
- You can sometimes see a misshapen raspberry. This is the result of poor pollination, which could be caused by a cold, wet spring.
- Powdery mildew is a common disease in raspberries. To prevent it, remove all fallen fruit and leaves so you keep minimal amount of mold on your landscape. This also makes it easier to control another disease – raspberry rust – a disease that produces rusty spots on the leaves.
Raspberries and cream, raspberry juice, raspberry jam or raspberry liqueur
Raspberries are easy to grow and at the same time the most productive fruit in the home garden. Your work and care will always be rewarded with a rich harvest!
Raspberry bushes are vigorous plants, they fill the bed where they are planted
These fruits come in two categories: summer and autumn fruiting Choose a spot in full sun and well-drained soil