Guide to Growing Raspberries

Guide to Growing Raspberries

Raspberries are an easy crop to grow, needing comparatively little attention, but to obtain good crops they should be given a deep, rich, well-drained soil and an open, sunny position Their main fruiting season is summer but there are also autumn-fruiting varieties. They are the best fruit of all for deep freezing. Raspberries, unfortunately, are prone to virus infection and it is wise to buy only stock certified free from this trouble, for which there is no cure.

Planting can be done at any time between October and March when the weather is suitable, but for preference choose a date near the beginning or end of this period. Firm planting is essential and the plants should be spaced 2ft. apart in rows 5ft. apart, the canes being trained to wires strained between posts at the end of the rows. Two rows of wires is sufficient, 2-1/2ft. and 5ft. above the ground.

Guide-to-Growing-Raspberries After planting cut back the canes to about 9 in. above soil level and do not let the summer-fruiting varieties bear any fruit the first year. Mulch the plants in spring with decayed manure or compost and be careful to avoid damaging the roots, which lie near the surface when keeping weeds under control by hoeing. Water the plants freely if the weather is dry during the bearing period.

Pruning for established plants consists of cutting out to ground level all wood which has fruited, immediately after the crop has been gathered. At the same time cut out weak, broken or diseased canes. Then reduce the number of new canes at each root or stool to the six strongest and tie these in to the wires, spacing them about 6in. apart to give an even coverage of the area available These canes should be tipped in February or March.

 

Propagation

Increase by taking suckers with roots from the parent plant in autumn. Cut them off cleanly. There is never any shortage of such suckers. I have already remarked on this fruit’s liability to suffer from virus infection and only plants free from disease should be perpetuated.

 

Varieties

Varieties include: Mailing Promise, vigorous, grows to 7ft. and more on heavy soils; pick early July. Lloyd George, an old variety, early-mid July, very good flavour, and will fruit on new shoots in the autumn; be certain to obtain stock free from virus. Mailing Jewel, vigorous, good cropper, pick mid-July. Norfolk Giant, heavy cropper, pick end July, very vigorous; virus-free stocks must be obtained. Hailsham, vigorous, autumn-fruiting. September, a new American variety, pick early September; good cropper, strong grower.

01. December 2010 by admin
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