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Raspberry

Rubus idaeus

Framboos(Afr.), Red Raspberry, European Raspberry

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Raspberries are popular berries on that grow on thorny canes. There are spring bearing and autumn bearing raspberries.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Depending o the cultivar fruit is harvest in early summer or autumn.

Propagation

Division
Lift plants in winter and divide. The plant regrows from buds on the root system.
Layering
When canes touch soil, it will make new rootsand new plants.
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.

Special features

Attracts bees
Bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.
Pot plant
Raspberries can be grown in large pots in the outdoors which helps to prevent them from spreading.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Northern Asia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial 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
Rubiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Bollworm, stink bugs and crickets can be problematic. 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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