Raspberry Canes are due in at the end of February for spring planting.
Raspberry Canes should be planted in a sheltered spot in a well-drained but moist, fertile soil in full sun or light shade. Plant in a hole twice the diameter of the root-ball or pot. Mix an organic soil improver and general fertiliser with the infill soil. Ensure the cane is not planted deeper than the existing soil mark. Water regularly until established.
Fruit is produced on the previous year’s cane. First year cut down old canes when new shoots appear. Cut older cane back to ground level after fruiting and tie in newly produced cane & remove tips.
Mid Season Fruiting Varieties
Glen Ample : An exceptional variety! One of the best and heaviest cropping mid-season varieties around. The spine-free cane are upright and vigorous and produce long fruiting laterals with sparse foliage for easy picking. Exceptionally high yields of very large, bright fruit of superb flavour. The fruit also holds well without spoiling. Ample has a good level of disease resistance. Cropping season: mid July-August. Self fertile.
Malling Jewel : A good old favourite, all-purpose variety. Reliable steady cropper of high quality large dark red berries that have an excellent flavour and good texture. Easily managed compact growth. Very popular garden variety due to its resistance to raspberry root rot disease and virus infection. Cropping season: mid July-mid-August. Self fertile.
Malling Admiral : A popular strong growing variety. The erect canes are spine free, vigorous and produce a high fruit yield. The large berries are long and firm with an excellent flavour. Strong resistance to disease and virus making it a good variety to grow organically. An excellent choice if you are restricted to one variety – one of the best garden varieties. Cropping season: mid July-mid August. Self fertile.
Late Season Fruiting Varieties
Tulameen : Bred in Canada, Tulameen is now one of the most popular summer fruiting varieties due to its versatility and the quality of its fruit. A truly outstanding variety with extremely high yields of superb quality glossy fruits that have an excellent, sweet aromatic flavour. The berries are large, bright red and have a distinctive conical shape. The fruit is borne on long, almost spine-free laterals, making them very easy to pick. An excellent variety for growing in pots/containers where the long canes can be trained up an obelisk or bamboo cane wigwam. Resistant to botrytis. Cropping season: mid July-mid August. Self fertile.
Autumn Fruiting Varieties
All Gold : Holder of the RHS ‘Award of Garden Merit’, this vigorous autumn fruiting cultivar is a primocane variety producing fruit on the first years growth. All Gold has a similar growth habit and cropping potential to Autumn Bliss but the fruit is a very distinctive rich gold colour with a taste that is sweeter and superior to Bliss. The large yellow berries are excellent eaten fresh but are also used to make delicious wine. An excellent variety for growing in pots/containers where the long canes can be trained up an obelisk or bamboo cane wigwam. Recommended as an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects. Cropping season: late August-mid October. Self fertile.
Autumn Bliss : A truly exceptional variety! Without a doubt, one of the best and most reliable autumn fruiting varieties. Bliss is a heavy cropper from late August through until the first frosts with the highest yield coming in September. The attractive berries are large with a firm texture, and the flavour is excellent. The fruit is mid-dark red in colour and has good keeping qualities. The short, erect, spiny cane are sturdy and need only minimal support. Bliss has good disease resistance to Root Rot. Primocane variety – produces fruit on the first years growth. An excellent British bred variety – very highly recommended. Cropping season: late August-mid October. Self fertile.
Polka : Primarily Autumn fruiting, a primocane raspberry, which has the potential to produce two crops in a year. In late spring and early summer, fruit is borne on the previous years stems, while in late summer and autumn, fruit is developed on the current years stems. Renowned for the exceptional quality and consistency of its fruit, they are large, have a fresh flavour and an outstanding shelf life. The plants also show a good resistance to disease.