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Raspberries are grouped into Summer and Autumn fruiting varieties. They are best planted as bare rooted dormant canes in winter months. They prefer loose well drained fertile soil and dont tolerate waterlogging. Often one or two canes dont wake up, but after a few years, they will sucker up

Planting: Plant in loose well drained soil, 30-60cm apart with plenty of organic matter. Water in well. Prune to 20-30cm to encourage basal shooting. Its not uncommon to lose 1 or 2 canes. After a couple of years, suckers can be transplanted to fill in any gaps that occurred.

Trellis: Raspberries are self supportive, but a simple perimeter allows a few wires to be strung on either side of the raspberry bed to prevent them from flopping over. Also a T bracket on either side with a wire attached to the arms allows a net to be draped over them protecting them from birds.

Pruning: Pruning is done in winter when dormant. This is made easier when you remember that autumn ripening raspberries grow on the new seasons growth, while the summer ripening varieties form fruit on the previous years growth. The older canes can be easily told apart from the new canes, as they are woodier and less flexible and often brown rather than green and soft.
AUTUMN FRUITING VARIETIES: Prune all except the smallest canes.
SUMMER FRUITING VARIETIES: Prune back the older canes leaving last years new growth. These are browner and thicker than the younger canes which are softer and greener. Next seasons fruit will form on these younger canes the following summer.

Raspberries like to be mulched and watered well in summer. The do not like wet winters where there is poor drainage as they tend to rot.


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Growing Raspberries

Growing Raspberries

We grow pears in dwarfing forms for the same reasons we grow other types of dwarfed trees: small trees are much more precocious in starting to bear fruit in about their third year. This is very important as pears on normal pear stock live a very long time, grow into large trees and can take many years to come into fruit.