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Raspberry Plants

Raspberry is a deciduous bush from the Rosaceae family that grows up to 6 feet high. They are classified into two different categories. Floricanes (Summer bearers) that produce one crop during the summer months and primocanes (ever bearers) that produce two crops. One smaller crop in the late Spring/early Summer and a larger crop in the Fall. The Summer bearers will produce on the floricane which is a two year or older cane and ever bearers can produce on a primocane (a one year old cane) as well as the floricane. Rapsberries are available in four different colors, red, yellow, black and purple.

Raspberries are prolific spreaders. Once planted, many new canes will pop up every year. Within a few years, a few raspberry plants will turn into a nice patch. Some varieties of raspberries grow on self supporting, erect canes while others are need support by a good trellising system. Raspberries prefer to be planted in well drained, sandy loam with a soil ph between 5.8-6.5. It is very important that the soil drains well as they hate to have wet "feet". In cooler climates, they do best when planted in an area that receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day. In the warmer, southern states, raspberries need to be planted in a shaded area protected from direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day.

It is best to plant raspberries in early Spring for northern climates and late Winter for the warmer climates. Space plants three feet apart with rows being eight feet apart. Prune canes back to 8 to 10 inches when first transplanting. Do not plant within 300 feet of wild raspberries or blackberries. Avoid planting in an area where tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers or strawberries have been grown within the last 3 years due to verticillium wilt. Mulching is very important to conserve moisture and suffocate the weeds. Water 1 inch per week.

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Various Hybrid Raspberry Plants

Red Raspberry Plants

Raspberry Plants

Raspberries are a small native American flowering bush or trailing vine. The berries can be red, black, or golden. The red raspberry is what people traditionally think of as a raspberry. They are a member of the same family as blackberries, however, they are a bit different. There are subtle differences in the berry plants, but a more distinct difference in the flavors. Raspberries are touted by many as the best for making jam or jelly. The plants are easy to grow and are excellent for use in cooking or fresh eating. Raspberries are traditionally thought of as a northern fruit, however, they will grow and fruit in the southeast also. We have selected a few of the top raspberry varieties for you to grow in your home orchard. Find quality raspberry plants for sale at Willis Orchard Company!

Pruning is essential for fruit production the following season. On summer bearing varieties, prune your larger 2 year old canes (brown) and keep about 6-10 of the larger new canes (green) in the fall after production is finished. On your ever bearing varieties, prune all canes down close to the ground in late fall. Raspberries are fairly tolerant of most pest and disease. Powdery mildew could be an issue with the black raspberries, but is very treatable with potassium bicarbonate.

Raspberries are an excellent choice of fruit to grow with tons of health benefits packed into a small berry. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C & E as well as folate and numerous minerals. They are high in fiber and have a higher level of antioxidants per serving than any other fruit. They also contain a high concentration of elegiac acid, a phenolic compound that prevents cancer. These berries are great for fresh eating but also freeze and can well and make great sauces and jellies.