How to Grow:
Plant raspberry bushes after your last spring frost and 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.
Raspberry plants need to be spaced out at least over 2 square feet with a trellis in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water weekly.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!
|Beans (bush & pole)||Nasturtiums||Peppers (banana, bell, hot, sweet)|
|Marjoram||Tarragon||Tomatoes (bush & vine)|
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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for raspberries:
- Fruit Worms
- Harlequin Bugs
- Japanese Beetles
- Leaf-footed bug
- Raspberry Cane Borers
- Spider Mites
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You should be able to begin to harvest raspberries within 1-2 years after transplanting. Raspberry bushes will begin to fruit in June or July for about a month. The entire berry needs to be the same color (depending on what color raspberry bush you planted). Ripe raspberries will pull off easily when they are ripe so do not pull hard! You will most likely have to wait a year until you are able to begin harvesting, but it is well worth the wait!
Cooking & Eating!
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Proper pruning in winter is VERY important. Canes that have fruited need to be cut to the ground while new canes need to be put onto the trellis and pruned slightly. Autumn bearing types get pruned differently of course, and their first year canes just get trellised without pruning. Without proper pruning, they become less productive thickets.