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Raspberry

Rubus idaeus
Varieties to choose from
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Aspiring™
Barrel of Berries
Ebony ™
Ivory ™
Tulameen
Waiau
FAQs

Dated from pre-Bronze Age. Legend has it that when the Greek gods went to Mt. Ida in Turkey they returned with raspberries. The delicate unique flavour, with the fragrant bouquet, still makes raspberries a favourite with fruit lovers today. An excellent variety for home gardener.

Landscape Value

Ideal as a edible screen or grown through a pillar rose support.

Nutritional Value

Top antioxidant food; high in fibre, vitamin C and folate.

How to Eat

Fresh is best, sweet delicate fruit straight off the canes. Divine!! Extra and soft fruit use in jam desserts, smoothies and sauces.

Expected Yield

You can never have too many raspberries especially with children. Plant two plants per person.

Generic Fruiting Time

J F M A M J J A S O N D

Growing

Sun

Open sunny position. In northern areas plant to protect from afternoon sun.

Wind

Exposure to wind is not a problem but will not tolerant salt.

Climate

Chilling hours are needed to set fruit but if you can grow apples you can grow raspberries.

Soil

Soil rich in organic matter with good drainage is essential. Use raised beds if drainage is doubtful. Roots are close to surface so will benefit from mulching with organic matter and regular watering during dry periods.

Planting

800mm between plants.

Fertiliser

Mulch well each winter with compost and manure. Apply general fertiliser in spring.

Pruning

Prune out dead, old and fruited canes so there are 10 - 12 strong canes left per metre … read more about pruning

Pests

Never spray near harvest. For fungal diseases spray on dormant canes and at bud burst. Use bird netting for the birds.

Hardiness

Hardy to -10°C

Special Conditions

 


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