How To Grow Raspberries

It is very easy to grow raspberries and the flavour of a freshly picked raspberry is to die for. They love a cool-climate and will give you plenty of options in the kitchen, from stunning desserts to creative condiments.

Raspberries lose their flavour, texture and colour within hours after picking, this is why the ones from the supermarket taste abit bland. The only way to taste there full goodness and flavour is if you grow them yourself.

A perfect raspberry is just firm enough to pick without breaking the fragile skin. It bursts in your mouth, releasing a complex and refreshing sweet-sour juice that makes your mouth water.

Starting Your Own Raspberry Patch

Raspberries are suckering shrubs with cane-like stems 1.5–2.25m high. They grow best in well-drained, acidic to neutral, rich organic soil. They love plenty of compost and mulch.

It is best to grow a mix of variety'. This will give you fruit from summer through to late autumn.

How To Plant Your Canes

Plant in autumn or winter in rows facing north to south, as this ensures the plants receive even sunlight. They benefit greatly from a sheltered site with shade from the afternoon sun.

Before planting dig over the bed add plenty of well rotted compost. It is best to plant them on a mound to help with drainage.

You will need to build a trellis to support your canes. When the fresh stems come up tie them to your trellis. Once the cane (stem ) has fruited it will no longer fruit again. You have to keep fresh canes coming through when growing raspberries.

Plant at the same depth as they were originally, using the soil mark on the stem as a guide.

Cover with a mulch lucerne being the best but any mulch is better then none. Make shore you water in well.

How To Care For Your Raspberries

Raspberries fruit on canes produced the previous season, which look exhausted when they have finished fruiting. Prune at ground level and tie in fresh, vigorous new canes, which will flower and fruit the following season. Tie shoots in and off the ground, and remove dead or weak shoots anytime.

When you grow raspberries, you will need to mulch with well-rotted compost in autumn and with lucerne in spring. Feed the developing fruit with organic fertiliser or apply seaweed tonic, and water in hot, dry, windy weather. Drip irrigation with a timer provides regular water and encourages cropping.

General Maintenance And Solutions

Birds love raspberries, so protect fruit using 4cm-squared netting.

Handweed carefully. New suckers and surface-feeding roots are fragile.

Keep mulch away from the base of stems. This reduces fungal diseases.

At spring bud burst, apply two teaspoonfuls of Epsom salts and an equal amount of sulfate of potash to 4.5L of water, and water in around plants. This supplements magnesium, which is needed for energy production, and potassium, which improves fruit flavour and disease resistance.

About 20 plants will be enough for a family to feed from and preserve some jam from the fruit.

When you grow raspberries they produce the most delicious tasting fruit, they are even sweeter then lollies from the candy store.But a 1000 times more healthy.


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