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Raspberry 'Autumn Bliss'

Rubus idaeus 'Autumn Bliss'

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Autumn Bliss is a superb raspberry producing making delicious fruit. The fruit ripens from late Summer until the first frosts on primocanes (new growth) if the plant is cut back in autumn or before spring. Then it makes fruit on current year´s wood. If the old canes are not cut they will set fruit early in the season, in early summer (December to January). You can also have fruit from December until April on well established, strong plants if you cut back half of the old canes leaving the other half on the plant. The plant will set fruit on both old and new wood then. The fruit is medium-sized to large, sweet and aromatic, burgundy red in colour. It grows about 1.5 – 2m tall, the canes may need support. Provide humus-rich soil for best results and good drainage.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Pick berries in the early morning as soon as it has coloured and is easily removed from the receptacle. Pick fruit regularly when it's firm.

Propagation

Suckers
Raspberry suckers can be cut through with a sharp spade and separated and transplanted in spring when they are 12-20 cm tall. Keep them moist.
Cuttings
Stem cuttings: Cut 20cm section of new growth off from late spring to midsummer. Dip the cut end into powdered rooting hormone and then into a moist propagation medium 10 cm deep. Roots in 2-4 weeks.
Layering
When canes touch soil, it will make new roots and new plants.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Attracts birds
Attracts birds which eat the berries.
Pot plant
Raspberries can be grown in large containers provided they have a trellis or a support system.

Geography

Origin
Bred in the UK
Natural climate
Cold Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Raspberries can be eaten fresh or used in cooking and baking. The leaves can be used to make tea and contain antioxidants.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to raspberry bushy dwarf virus but resistant to raspberry mosaic virus and good resistance to phytophthora root diseases. Can get aphids, leafhoppers, raspberry beetle, glasshouse red spider mite and gall mites. Bollworm eat the leaves and berries. The biggest problem is rotting fruit, try to keep fruit dry from blossom time to harvesting, by watering at soil level. Promote airflow through the canes to prevent disease.

Companion plants

Do not grow in the same soil as potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, strawberries, peppers or bulbs have previously grown as these host Verticillium wilt, a fungus that can infest the raspberry crop. Planting raspberries close to potatoes may make them more susceptible to blight. Raspberries should also not be grown with blackberries, boysenberries or loganberries. Yarrow, garlic, tansy, wormwood and lavender are good companions for raspberries.

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