Raspberry ‘Tulameen’

Family: Rosaceae

Canadian bred Raspberry ‘Tulameen’ is a summer-fruiting (floricane) raspberry.  This cultivar is a late-summer cropping variety with raspberries that start ripening in July and continue cropping until the end of August.  ‘Tulameen’ raspberries have a delicious flavour.  These raspberry plants are very productive, producing an abundance of sweet tasting fruit.  I have found that ‘Tulameen’ is a naturally healthy and strong growing cultivar.

I’d really encourage you to properly support your raspberry plants; installing a support frame before you plant your raspberry canes is the best and most efficient way to do this.  I find it much easier to grow raspberries in rows; this way the unwanted suckers are easily identified and removed and it’s also easier to support your plants and harvest the raspberries.  In the first year or two after planting the extra canes that grow up can be moved and planted elsewhere to extend your raspberry plants, but I must stress that it’s only worth planting new, healthy plants, produced by healthy, certified virus-free plants that were planted within a couple of years.  Growing raspberries in rows with a support frame allows raspberry plants to be fully supported, making it easier to grow, support, prune, and harvest your raspberries.

Raspberries thrive when planted directly in the soil.  ‘Tulameen’ is not a container plant.  Plant ‘Tulameen’ raspberry canes in a sheltered position that enjoys full on sunshine or partial shade.  Don’t plant ‘Tulameen’ raspberries in an exposed or very open and windy position, and avoid planting raspberries in soils that are wet or water-logged.  If your soil tends to be waterlogged, you could try growing this raspberry in a raised bed.

Raspberry canes usually arrive in a bundle, untie them and separate the canes out; as the canes must be planted individually.  Space your raspberry canes 30-50cm (12-20in) apart, with extra rows planted 1.8m (6ft) apart.  Plant your raspberry canes at the same depth as the plants were originally grown – look for the soil mark on the canes to help you be certain of the correct planting depth.  After planting, cut the canes back to around 15cm from their base and apply a generous layer of mulch after planting and again in spring.  Loosely tie the new raspberry canes onto their support as they grow; don’t tie the canes in too tightly, as the raspberry stems will grow taller and need to be able to move upwards through the supports as they grow.  Autumn-fruiting raspberries don’t tend to grow anywhere near as tall as summer-fruiting raspberries, making this an easier task.  I find that ‘Tulameen’ raspberry canes don’t exceed 1.80cm (6ft) in height.

Prune ‘Tulameen’ raspberry canes after they have fruited.  In late summer, remove all the old ‘Tulameen’ raspberry canes – cut the older canes off at ground level using a sharp pair of secateurs.  Older canes are often tinged with brown, which makes them easier to spot.  The new canes look fresher and are often more green in colour.  After removing the old stems, tie in the new, young raspberry canes to your supports using a soft and strong, yet flexible material.  I favour tying in my raspberry canes using strips of material cut from old pairs of stockings – these work perfectly as they are stretchy and so expand to fit the cane as it grows and are strong enough to support raspberry canes against autumn and winter storms. It is the new raspberry canes that will fruit next summer – so you want to look after these precious new growths.

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