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Extend the season raspberry collection

raspberry collection

Perfect for pollinators £38.97 £23.97
Pot size 15 canes, 5 of each
15 canes, 5 of each
Quantity

    Easy but rewarding plants to grow, the delicious fruits will be ready to pick from midsummer to early autumn and can be eaten immediately, or frozen and kept for a later date. Flourishing in a sunny spot with rich, well drained soil, the canes will need to be tied onto a sturdy support (a post and wire structure is ideal) as they grow and pruned annually. Apply a generous layer of mulch each spring, water regularly during summer, and if necessary protect the ripening fruit from being eaten by birds. They can be picked during dry periods when they are still firm but the colour has developed fully. Each plant can be expected to produce a high yield and remain productive for around 10 years.

    In this collection you will receive 5 canes of each of the following varieties:

    raspberry 'Autumn Bliss' :
    This autumn-fruiting raspberry produces heavy crops of large, delicious berries from August until the winter frosts. An excellent choice for a sheltered sunny spot with well-prepared, moderately fertile, well-drained soil, the fruit are borne on the upper part of the current season's canes. Height 2m.

    raspberry 'Tadmor':
    Bred in New Zealand and recently introduced to the European market, ‘Tadmoor’ is one of the last raspberries to crop each year, so it is an excellent choice if you want to prolong the season. A mature plant will produce a high yield of bright red berries that have an excellent flavour on virtually spine-free canes. Height 1.5m

    raspberry 'Erika':
    A new primocane variety which as the potential to crop twice a year, as it can produce fruit on both the current and previous year's canes. Very high yields of top-quality, orange-red fruit which last well after being picked have led to this cultivar fast becoming the most sought after primocane raspberry by commercial growers. Height 1.8m

  • Garden care:Find a sunny spot and prepare a bed by clearing it of weeds and digging in lots of composted manure. The canes will need to be tied onto a sturdy support, so if you have the space, hammer in two robust tree stakes about 3m apart and string two or three heavy-gauge wires between them. Autumn fruiting raspberries tend to be shorter and bushier, so may not need as much height as the summer-fruiting types. In smaller gardens you can grow them against a fence or up a single tree stake. Dig a wide, shallow trench, sprinkle with bonemeal and plant the canes at 45cm intervals, (subsequent rows should be 1.8m apart), carefully spreading out the roots and back-filling with soil. You should be able to see the old soil mark on the stems, so aim to replant the same depth. After planting cut the canes back to around 15cm from their base and apply a generous layer of mulch in spring. As the new canes emerge, they can be tied onto their support as they grow. Feed during the growing season with a general purpose fertiliser and water regularly during the summer. You may need to protect the ripening fruit from being eaten by birds. Cut back all the canes to just above ground level each February if you just want one crop of fruit in late summer and autumn. To grow as a primocane (ie producing two, smaller crops each year), cut back the new spring stems, which have produced fruit at their tips in autumn, to a point just below where the raspberries were produced, soon after they have finished cropping. These half-canes can then be left to overwinter, will put on new top growth in spring and will then go on to produce the first crop of berries in early summer. After these two year old canes have finished fruiting they should be cut right back to their base. In the meantime, new canes will have emerged from the base of the plant in spring and these should be tied onto their support as they grow. These new canes will then produce the second, later crop and should have their tops lopped off after fruiting. This then creates a repeating cycle.

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