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.
Top dress in the spring and throughout the growing season with organic fertilizers such as J. A. Bowers fish, blood and bone or granular fertilizers such as Vitax Q4 or Growmore. To do this, simply scatter a handful of your chosen fertilizer around the stem of the plant and cover over with half a layer of the appropriate compost for that plant.
Slow release fertilizers such as Osmocote will feed plants for a whole season.
Miracle-Gro and other such liquid fertilizers are faster releasing but washed away easily, so they need to be applied every 4-5 watering’s throughout the growing season, i.e April to September.
Always read directions on the packet before application. If you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to ask us for any assistance.
When planting, dig a hole about 4-6″ bigger than the pot containing the plant. Place Arthur Bowers Vegetable Compost in the base of the hole and then mix in a handful of J. A. Bowers bone meal.
Ensure that the top of the root ball is approximately 1/2″ below the surface of the planting hole to allow water to collect and soak the roots, fill around the sides of the root ball with the rest of the planting mix ensuring good contact with the root ball, gently push down the soil making it firm.
Water thoroughly and ensure that the plant doesn’t dry out during the growing season.
Seasonally these plants are available in our Seasonal plant department. Please speak to one of our plant experts for availability and advice.