Plant the Best Flavoured Raspberries this Autumn!

Raspberries are one of our most delicious but expensive fruits.  The good news is that raspberries are also incredibly productive, easy to grow, and they don’t take up much room.  We can make huge savings by growing raspberries in our gardens and allotments.

I adore growing raspberries!  For over 25 years, I’ve grown a vast selection of raspberry cultivars in various sized gardens and allotments; I’m excited to share my knowledge and help you grow an abundance of raspberries.  After years trialling raspberries, I can guarantee that if you grow my recommended cultivars, you’ll discover raspberries with the most exquisite flavours!

Here is Raspberry ‘Glencoe’ ripening in my garden. Despite the drought and only watering my raspberries a couple of times this summer, I enjoyed a bumper harvest of delicious raspberries.

Raspberry ‘Glen Coe’ is my favourite tasting raspberry!  This summer-fruiting raspberry has an intense flavour with real power and zest.  It is tangy and very juicy with hints of apple, blackberry, and cherry flavours.

Summer-fruiting Raspberry ‘Tulameen’ is naturally healthy and resilient raspberry that produces an exceptional harvest of delicious fruit.

Polish-bred Raspberry ‘Polka’ is an autumn-cropping raspberry that produces stunning raspberries that look almost polished.  The fruit look and taste fabulous!

By growing summer and autumn-fruiting raspberries in your garden or allotment you could be enjoying lavish raspberry-themed dishes from June until November.  If you’ve got room, I would absolutely encourage you to grow both summer and autumn-fruiting raspberries.

Raspberries taste so good eaten fresh, but they also freeze beautifully. Raspberries have so many uses in both savoury dishes and desserts; however, nothing compares to homemade raspberry jam!

Cultivate summer and autumn-fruiting raspberries separately, as the pruning is different.  Don’t panic; all raspberries are easy to grow – let me explain:

Summer-fruiting raspberries (floricanes) produce new growth in summertime, these stems will fruit next summer.  We prune summer-fruiting raspberry canes by cutting the old stems down to ground level, after all the fruit has been harvested in summertime.

Autumn-fruiting raspberries (primocanes) produce new growth in springtime, these stems will fruit from late summer to autumn.  We prune autumn-raspberry canes by cutting all the stems down to ground level in January.

Plant raspberries in sunny or partially shaded, sheltered areas.  Take the time to weed the ground thoroughly before planting.  Raspberries will achieve their full potential when planted directly in the soil, in a dedicated area.  These fruits are much easier to manage when planted in a row and tied into a support frame.

Avoid planting raspberries on wet soils, solid chalk, and shallow ground.  If your soil can be soggy on occasion, try growing raspberries in a raised bed.

Raspberry canes are often tied together when sold.  To succeed with raspberries, do not plant this bundle as one, you must separate each cane.  Space your raspberries 30-50cm (12-20in) apart, with extra rows 1.8m (6ft) apart.

Water your raspberry canes and mulch with homemade compost (alternatively use peat-free compost or Strulch) after planting.  Mulch again after heavy rainfall in February or March.

Raspberries are long-lived plants that can provide you with a substantial harvest every year.  It is worth buying healthy, certified stock that is free from virus.

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