Fresh, juicy red raspberries cost big bucks at the store.
For a small investment in time, you can have homegrown berries every spring.
California – Meeker, Newburgh, Sumner, Tulameen, August Red, Heritage, Indian Summer, Redwing, September, Summit
North Carolina – Caroline, Dormanred, Joan J, Latham, Natahala
Tennessee – Autumn Bliss, Heritage, Latham, Ruby, Titan
Virginia – Caroline, Heritage, Himbo Top, Joan J, Josephine
Alabama Heritage, Southland
Florida – not recommended
Texas – not recommended
Where should I plant my raspberries?
In many gardens, it’s easier to make raised beds because of roots or poor soil.
Ideally, the bed should have loose soil 24 inches deep. A minimum of 6 to 8 inches is required for berries.
Avoid filling the bed with only ordinary garden or top soil, because the surface will crust over and the bed will dry out faster.
Add potting mix, garden compost, composted manure and a bit of sand. Mix 1 part organic matter (peat moss, compost, etc.) to 1 part sand or perlite to 2 parts soil.
Select a dwarf variety and plant in a 5 gallon pot or barrel.
Use potting soil.
The potted raspberry may require more water and fertilizer than the in ground or bedded plants. If the weather freezes, the pot should be be moved into a garage.
Planting will take two years.
Year One – test the soil to find out what nutrients need to be added.
Improve the soil with either a cover crop, compost or manure.
Year Two – In the spring, spread 25 pounds of 10-10-10 garden fertilizer per 1,000 square feet. Or enough organic material for two pounds each of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium per 1,000 square feet.
Provide 1-2 inches of water once a week and up to 4 during harvest. Soak the ground out 10 to 12 inches from the plant. Water in the morning to prevent leaf diseases.
Fertilize with a 10-10-10 product, but not directly in the planting hole or on the roots. Sprinkle 3 to 4 inches away.
Prune correctly. Cut out old non-fruiting canes and the weak new canes. Thin so all canes get sunlight and air flow.
Put up a rabbit proof fence
Leave trimming of canes until late winter so the plant can absorb the carbohydrates
If you take care of your raspberries, you can look forward to tons of berries.
A 100 foot row can produce 100 to 150 pints of fruit!