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Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

Also known as

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

Raspberries (Rubus Idaeus) by Juhanson (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

2m

1.5m

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

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Overview

Raspberries are popular berries on that grow on thorny canes. There are spring bearing and autumn bearing raspberries.

Common 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.

Companion plants

Do not grow in the same soil as potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, strawberries, peppers or bulbs have previously grown as these host Verticillium wilt, a fungus that can infest the raspberry crop. Planting raspberries close to potatoes may make them more susceptible to blight. Raspberries should also not be grown with blackberries, boysenberries or loganberries. Yarrow, garlic, tansy, wormwood and lavender are good companions for raspberries.

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

Bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.

Pot plant

Raspberries can be grown in large pots in the outdoors which helps to prevent them from spreading.

Uses

Edible

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