2 years to reach maturity
Depending o the cultivar fruit is harvest in early summer or autumn.
Rubus idaeus or Raspberries as they are commonly known, are easy to grow fruit canes which produce tasty fruits that can be eaten fresh, frozen for later use or turned into jams, sauces and cooked dishes. There are summer and autumn bearing varieties which extend the season that will grow in most kitchen gardens, fruit patches or allotments. Raspberries are an edge of woodland plant, and grow best in a slightly sheltered, partially shaded areas that do not dry out. Mulch with well-rotted garden compost or animal manure every other year to help suppress weeds and maintain moisture retentiveness of the soil, but in alternate years mulch with pine straw or bark to help maintain the slightly acidic pH that Raspberries prefer. Raspberry's spread by sending out suckers, these will need to be pulled up annually to keep the plant in the desired space. Thinning canes in summer to approximately 10 cm (4") apart will help to boost fruit production.
Keep fruit dry from blossom time to harvesting by watering at soil level to prevent fruit rotting. Promote airflow through the canes to prevent disease.
Lift plants in winter and divide. The plant regrows from buds on the root system.
When canes touch soil, it will make new rootsand new plants.
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.
Bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.
Raspberries can be grown in large pots in the outdoors which helps to prevent them from spreading.
Raspberries can be eaten fresh or used in cooking and baking. The leaves can be used to make tea and contain antioxidants.
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