Raspberry fruit plants are popular summer fruits and are extremely easy to grow in any size garden even in pots. It will produce fruits from midsummer to mid autumn and if you have more than enough left over and you can’t give them away store in a sealed container and pop them in the freezer.
Soil and Site
Most raspberry fruit plants thrive in fertile slightly acidic, moisture retentive, well drained and weed free soil. Plant raspberries in a sheltered sunny site but they don’t mind some shade. Bare root raspberries should be planted in November to March when the ground is not frozen or water logged as this is when the shrub is dormant. Before planting clear the site of any weeds, space the bushes about 2ft apart then add 3inches of bulky organic matter but don’t use rich farmyard manure as this will burn the roots.
Summer fruit raspberries can be cut back to ground level after the harvest. Remove all old stubs, picking out 6-8 of the strongest young canes and tie them about 8-10cm apart along the wire supports, cut back any of the young stems that are left to ground level.
Autumn Fruiting Raspberries
In February cut all canes back to ground level, if in the summer the bushes look overcrowded remove some of the weaker canes.
Raspberries can suffer from a variety of problems. Raspberry Beetle attacks the plant by eating at the stalk end of the fruit, more of problem to the summer fruiters, which in turn could damage the early fruits on the autumn fruiters. Damage to ripe berries has grey-brown dried patches at the stalk end. A brownish white grub may be found inside the fruits,(ewwww)
Use bug clear for fruits and vegetables, Spray the raspberries when the first pink fruits appear, then a 2nd application two weeks later. Don’t spray the bushes when they are in flower as this may harm pollinating insects.
This is caused by a fungus, which infects the plant through wounds causing them to die off. The leaves on the fruiting canes wither and the cane dies, the wood becomes brittle and the canes will snap off easily from the base, The base becomes dark brown and the bark may split,
Handle the canes gently as not to damage them make sure that the air can circulate through the canes this will also help dry wet cane off after any rain fall. Use Bayer garden fruit and veg disease control by spraying at the base of the fruiting canes in the spring and early summer to help protect from wound infection.
This is a fungus disease, it appears in late summer around the buds, it spreads up and down the cane and increases in size. The patches fade to pale grey or silver in colour in the autumn and winter. Tiny black spots can be seen on any affected areas.
Thin out any young canes to avoid overcrowding, do this in early spring, remove and destroy any badly affected canes. Use Bayer garden for fruit and veg disease control. Use this in spring avoid, using when plant is in flower.
Birds are a problem for most fruits use a fine garden netting to cover over the shrubs.
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