The summer Raspberries are now finished and I am eagerly awaiting a crop from my Autumn Raspberries planted 2 season ago.
In the meantime the old Raspberries are getting a bit of friendly treatment.
Cultivation of Early Raspberries.
- The plants throw up canes 3-5 feet high from a stool at ground level.
- In Summer and Autumn new canes are produced that will carry the flowers and fruit next spring.
- Canes will only fruit once so old canes should be cut down at ground level after you have harvested the fruit
- I shred the old canes on to my compost heap.
- New canes need support. I string wire across the row from stout posts at each end.
- Raspberries are a hungry and thirsty fruit.
- Feed with general purpose granular fertiliser like Growmore in spring and mulch with well-rotted farmyard manure.
Varieties and Species
- Grow Raspberries from bare-root plants in the autumn. You can buy several red raspberry varieties mail order from Thompson & Morgan
- Glen Moy – spine free canes, heavy crops in early summer
- Glen Prosen – firm fruit in mid-summer
- Autumn fruiting types include All Gold and Autumn Bliss
Tips for Growing Raspberries for Big Crops
Plant raspberries in rows and trained along a post and wire system to make a hedge of canes.
Avoid a very windy site unless you can put up windbreaks to protect side branches and pollinating insects.
Canes get replaced each year, roots go on for a long time if maintained with water and feed.
Main-crop raspberries fruit on 1-year-old canes that are then cut down to ground level. Then tie in new growth to the support wires and mulch well.