Raspberries are easy and cheap to grow, providing you with sweet and delicious fruit that tastes so much better when picked fresh on a warm summer’s day. Raspberries are categorised into ‘summer-fruiting’ and ‘autumn-fruiting’ types. Summer-fruiting raspberries fruit on the previous year’s growth and are typically tall plants that require staking. Autumn-fruiting raspberries are shorter and usually less vigorous, and fruit on the current season’s growth. Growing a variety of the two types means you could be successionally harvesting your own delicious raspberries from late June through to October.
Grown on ‘canes’ (upright woody stems), raspberries are a great investment, often fruiting for 10 years or more. They require annual pruning and taller, summer-fruiting varieties need staking, so they are not as low-maintenance as some other soft fruit. However, they are usually considered worth the effort, and will taste even sweeter when you think about how much you’d pay for a punnet in the supermarket.How to grow raspberries
Plant raspberry canes 45cm apart with 1.8m between rows, in moist but free-draining, fertile soil. An open, sunny site is best. Firm in and water well. Tie in summer-fruiting canes to supports as they grow, cutting back weak stems (autumn-fruiting varieties don’t need support). In spring, feed with a general fertiliser and mulch around plants to keep their roots slightly moist and to suppress weeds. Keep the plants well watered during dry spells. Harvest raspberries as and when they ripen. Cut autumn-fruiting canes back to the ground after fruiting and cut back the old canes of summer-fruiting varieties, leaving the new canes for next year’s crop.Where to grow raspberries
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