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The Juicy Journey: Growing Raspberries at Home

raspberry canes in 1 gallon pots

Raspberries, those jewel-toned bursts of sweetness, are not only a delight to the taste buds but also a joy to cultivate in your own backyard. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, growing raspberries can be a rewarding experience that yields delicious results season after season.

While there are any varieties of Raspberry canes, they can broadly be divided into two main categories: Summer bearing and autumn bearing. At our garden center, we offer two popular varieties: Tulameen (summer bearing) and Heritage (autumn bearing). Tulameen canes yield fruit on second-year growth, typically ripening from early to mid-July. Conversely, Heritage canes bear fruit on new shoots annually, leading to a harvest that typically begins in early September. Tulameen bursts with a bountiful harvest over a condensed 2-3 week period, while Heritage offers a prolonged picking season, delighting growers from Labour Day until the arrival of the first frost.

All varieties of raspberries requiring pruning maintenance - autumn bearing varieties can be trimmed off at ground level when they are dormant (winter or very early spring) as their fruit is produced each year on new canes. Summer bearing varieties require more care in pruning as they produce fruit on the second year canes. It is best done in late winter to early spring before new growth emerges. Start by identifying and removing dead, damaged, or diseased canes at ground level. Thin out the remaining canes, keeping 4-6 vigorous ones per plant, and prune lateral shoots to encourage fruit-bearing branches.

When pruning all raspberries use clean, sharp tools for precise cuts and dispose of pruned material away from the garden. Avoid pruning too late in spring to prevent delays in fruiting. Regular monitoring throughout the growing season helps to promptly remove any additional dead or diseased canes.

All rapsberries grow best in full sun and thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil, preferring sandy loam or loamy soil types rich in organic matter. It's crucial to avoid heavy clay soils, which can lead to poor drainage and root rot. Incorporating organic matter like compost or aged manure enhances soil structure and fertility, creating an optimal environment for healthy raspberry growth. Following these steps ensures healthier plants and a more abundant harvest of delicious raspberries.


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