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How to grow Raspberries

Planting Months

November - April

Harvest Months

June - October
 Raspberry bush with fruit

Planting guide

There are two types of the raspberry plants. Summer fruiting and autumn fruiting plants. They, as the name suggests, fruit in either summer or autumn. This means to have fruit over both times you may either need to freeze your produce or grow two different types of raspberry.

The ideal amount of raspberries depends on how many summer/autumn plants you want to have. An amount of 3-4 will keep you supplied for as long as the plant is fruiting along with an extra amount that you can freeze. You need to have at least 2 because of cross-pollination.

These plants are usually brought as small bushes or small plants. You can grow these plants from seed, however, we recommend buying a small bush and start from there. You will get a crop earlier and miss the early stages where the plant is vulnerable.

Growing Tips

The following tips can be used when growing raspberries to get the best crop;

  • It�s important to prune your plants at a different time depending on the type of plant you are growing. The guide for this is below.
  • Raspberries like slightly acidic soil that keeps in moisture but doesn't get too soggy. So make sure your soil drains well and you can add sulphur chips if the pH is very high.
  • The best way to grow raspberries is to train them along a fence. They work well tied to a fence kept spread out to get as much light as possible. We have ours along the chicken fence. They should be around 18 inches away from each other.

Pruning

Summer Raspberries

  • After the harvest in the summer cut the raspberry canes that have fruited back all the way to the ground. They will recover over the following months and will be nicely grown by the time the summer comes round again.
  • For the rest of the canes you can train them or leave them to grow as you like. These canes will be the ones lower to the ground than the fruiting canes.
  • Remember that the plant will grow best with smaller amounts of fruiting canes on a single plant so it may be a good idea to trim a few of the newer canes back to the ground as well as the fruiting canes. This is due to the amount of sunlight each plant will receive if they are bunched up together.
    • Autumn Raspberries

      In the February and March cut all canes back to the ground. They will grow fully over the spring and summer back to full height.

      As well as the summer raspberries, overcrowding can lead to a reduced crop because of the canes stealing light from each other. So it may be prudent to cut a few canes in late spring/early summer back to allow light to fully reach all canes.

How to grow Raspberries

 Raspberry bush with fruit

Planting Months

November - April

Harvest Months

June - October

There are two types of the raspberry plants. Summer fruiting and autumn fruiting plants. They, as the name suggests, fruit in either summer or autumn. This means to have fruit over both times you may either need to freeze your produce or grow two different types of raspberry.

The ideal amount of raspberries depends on how many summer/autumn plants you want to have. An amount of 3-4 will keep you supplied for as long as the plant is fruiting along with an extra amount that you can freeze. You need to have at least 2 because of cross-pollination.

These plants are usually brought as small bushes or small plants. You can grow these plants from seed, however, we recommend buying a small bush and start from there. You will get a crop earlier and miss the early stages where the plant is vulnerable.

Growing Tips

The following tips can be used when growing raspberries to get the best crop;

  • It�s important to prune your plants at a different time depending on the type of plant you are growing. The guide for this is below.
  • Raspberries like slightly acidic soil that keeps in moisture but doesn't get too soggy. So make sure your soil drains well and you can add sulphur chips if the pH is very high.
  • The best way to grow raspberries is to train them along a fence. They work well tied to a fence kept spread out to get as much light as possible. We have ours along the chicken fence. They should be around 18 inches away from each other.

Pruning

Summer Raspberries

  • After the harvest in the summer cut the raspberry canes that have fruited back all the way to the ground. They will recover over the following months and will be nicely grown by the time the summer comes round again.
  • For the rest of the canes you can train them or leave them to grow as you like. These canes will be the ones lower to the ground than the fruiting canes.
  • Remember that the plant will grow best with smaller amounts of fruiting canes on a single plant so it may be a good idea to trim a few of the newer canes back to the ground as well as the fruiting canes. This is due to the amount of sunlight each plant will receive if they are bunched up together.

Autumn Raspberries

In the February and March cut all canes back to the ground. They will grow fully over the spring and summer back to full height.

As well as the summer raspberries, overcrowding can lead to a reduced crop because of the canes stealing light from each other. So it may be prudent to cut a few canes in late spring/early summer back to allow light to fully reach all canes.