Growing raspberries can be fun and rewarding. An everbearing raspberry plant is the perfect addition to your garden this spring. Plant it now and enjoy delicious, sweet fruit all summer long. Want to learn how to grow an everbearing raspberry bush? Read on to learn how to plant and care for a bare root raspberry bush.
Why grow an everbearing raspberry bush?
Everbearing raspberries are great because they self-pollinate and produce two crops each summer. Everbearing means it produces a moderate crop of berries in July and then a heavy crop in September until the frost. The large, dark red raspberries are great for canning, freezing and (my favorite) picking right off the vine and eating fresh.
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The Heritage Everbearing Raspberry:
- Produces ripe raspberries in the summer and again in the fall
- Bears fruit the first year
- Blooms pink in April and May
- Is self-fertile, but planting multiples will ensure a better crop
After the raspberry is unpacked, soak it in water for 3-6 hours just before planting.
My daughter, Chloe loves to help me in the garden. This was a fun project for us to work on together.
To plant an everbearing raspberry bush you will need the following:
- Bare root plant
How to plant an everbearing raspberry bush:
- Pick a spot in your yard that gets full sun. Don’t plant it where you have previously planted vegetables or fruit plants and make sure to plant it at least 300 feet away from other raspberries.
- The width of the hole should allow you to spread roots. If you are planting multiple raspberries, dig holes 2′-3′ apart. If you are creating several rows, dig holes 6′-8′ apart.
- Clip off any dead roots and spread them in the hole.
- Shovel dirt back in the hole and amend the soil.
The plants are rather shallow rooted, so moisture needs to be at the surface. Give each plant 1″-2″ of water. Do not let soil become dry to a depth of 6″.
A weak liquid nitrogen fertilizer may be applied at planting. Keep fertilizer 3″-4″ away from the base of the plant to avoid burning the roots.
Mulch the first year to keep the weeds down and increase the crop yield, but do not mulch after that unless the soil is very sandy.
Caring for your raspberry plant
Water is important as the young plants become established. Give them about 1″-2″ per week during growing season and up to 4″ per week during harvest. Water in the morning before the hottest part of the day. The plants are rather shallow rooted, so moisture needs to be at the surface.
Pruning Raspberry Bushes
First Year Pruning: To have 2 crops, first-year canes (primocanes) should be left unpruned.
For only a fall crop, mow all the canes down to 2″-3″ after the fall harvest during late fall or late winter.
Annual Pruning: A well pruned raspberry patch will be healthier and more fruitful because of better distribution of light, air movement, and pesticides.
Everbearing second-year canes should be removed after fruiting in the spring.
Be careful not to injure the developing young first-year canes that will bear fruit in the fall.
Dispose of all the canes to eliminate the spread of disease and insects. During growing season, remove any plants with misshapen leaves, berries that are too small and broken or rubbing canes.
How to Pick Raspberries
To give your berries a longer shelf-life, harvest in the morning after the dew has dried. Ripe berries will detach easily from the plant. Place the berries in a shallow contain to avoid crushing.
Don’t wash the berries until you are ready to use them. The storage life of red raspberries is 2-3 days when refrigerated.
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