Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

American Red Raspberry, Common Red Raspberry, Western Red Raspberry, Wild Red Raspberry

profile iconRaspberries (Rubus Idaeus)
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A close up of some red Rubus idaeus fruits and some green leaves
profile iconRaspberries (Rubus Idaeus)
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Raspberries are popular berries on that grow on thorny canes. There are spring bearing and autumn bearing raspberries.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Depending o the cultivar fruit is harvest in early summer or autumn.

Propagation

Division

Lift plants in winter and divide. The plant regrows from buds on the root system.

Layering

When canes touch soil, it will make new rootsand new plants.

Cuttings

Stem cuttings: Cut 20cm section of new growth off from late spring to midsummer. Dip the cut end into powdered rooting hormone and then into a moist propagation medium 10 cm deep. Roots in 2-4 weeks.

Special features

Attracts bees
Pot plant

Special features

Origin

Europe, Northern Asia

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

Raspberries can be eaten fresh or used in cooking and baking. The leaves can be used to make tea and contain antioxidants.

Personality

Family

Rubiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

None

Problems

Bollworm, stink bugs and crickets can be problematic. The biggest problem is rotting fruit, try to keep fruit dry from blossom time to harvesting, by watering at soil level. Promote airflow through the canes to prevent disease.

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