Nothing can beat the taste of raspberries picked straight from the garden or allotment. They are not difficult to grow as long as they are planted on well drained soil. There are varieties of raspberry which fruit either in summer or autumn, so by choosing different varieties you can prolong your cropping season.We stock the following varieties:-Early Summer Glen Moy
- heavy cropping, greenfly resistant, compact growth. Good flavoured all rounder.Midsummer Glen Prosen
- similar to Glen Moy except later ripening. Glen Ample
- exceptionally heavy yield, good disease resistance, thornless upright canes. Fruiting laterals have sparse leaves making it easier to see the fruits which are large and have good flavour.Late Midsummer Tulameen –
often seen on supermarket shelves this Canadian bred variety crops over a long period. Large good flavoured berries, glossy red. Some resistance to aphid borne virus and dieback.Autumn Autumn Bliss
- heavy cropping variety, berries are large, firm, good colour and flavour. Short canes may not need support in sheltered gardens. Resistant to dieback.
The flowers are a good food source for bees and other pollinating insects.
The most popular system of supporting raspberries is called “hedgerow” system. Use 22.5m (8ft) long x 75mm(3in) posts driven 75cm(30in) into the soil at each end of the row. Supporting struts should be placed at each end. Using galvanised 12 gauge wire, string one row at the top and two at the half way mark. Canes are planted 35-45cm (14-18in) apart. The space between rows depends on the variety, 1.5-2m (5-6ft) for summer fruiting varieties and 2m (6ft) for autumn fruiting ones which often do not need support as their canes are short and sturdy. Tie the canes in as they grow.
To ensure a good crop you will need to control the number of canes produced, with the hedgerow system this is 10 per metre. Any excess canes can be pulled or cut out in early May and again in mid June.
Preparing the soil before planting allows you to make sure that conditions are right for your plants. Improve the fertility of the soil by incorporating fertilisers such as Fish, Blood & Bone, Growmore or Vitax Q4. Organic matter can be added, J.Arthur Bower’s Mulch & Mix New Horizon Multi-Purpose Compost or Farmyard Manure will all add bulky organic matter to the garden. Your raspberries will need annual feeding.
Always follow the manufacturers instructions when using fertilisers.
Seasonally these plants are available in our Hardy Plant Dept. Please ask a member of staff for availability and advice.
Feeding Garden Plants
Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi