Growing your own raspberries is easy and cheap, with plants often fruiting for ten years or more. Eat them warm from the garden or make sundaes, smoothies and jams. For even better value, buy bare root raspberry canes to plant from November to March. Your canes will develop their root systems during the winter before amazing you with an explosion of foliage and fruit in spring and summer. Plant a variety of summer fruiting and autumn fruiting raspberries and you'll still be picking them in October....Read on for all you need to know about how to choose, where to grow and how to care for your raspberry plants.
Choose your Raspberry plants
Plant both Summer fruiting (Glen Ample, Malling Leo, Glen Prosen) and Autumn fruiting (Joan J, Polka, Autumn Bliss) varieties of raspberry for picking from June to October! Ruby Beauty and Tulameen can even be grown in pots. For something different, try sweet, yellow coloured All Gold or even blackberry hybrids Tayberry and Loganberry.
Where to grow your Raspberry plants
Like all berries, raspberry plants do best in full sun, but will also grow in partial shade. Plant them in free draining soil and leave 45cm between plants. Avoid a very windy site, as raspberries are self fertile and pollinated by flying insects.
Raspberry plant care tips
Feed your raspberry plants in Spring with a general fertiliser and apply a mulch around the plants to deter weeds. Keep them well watered in dry weather and net them if they prove irresistible to the birds! For more raspberry plant care tips, read our Full Guide here.
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