Autumn-fruiting raspberries

by Pippa Greenwood

This is the first proper fruiting year from many of my raspberry canes, and I’m pleased they are cropping so heavily.

Close-up of a gardener harvesting raspberriesLike Adam Pasco, I’ve just returned from the Gardeners’ World Magazine 20th Anniversary cruise. Adam wrote about the gardens we visited in his blog, earlier this week, including Mount user, Bodnant, The Castle of Mey and The Beth Chatto Gardens in Essex. All of the gardens were wonderful, but I found Beth Chatto’s garden particularly invigorating and inspiring. It was wonderful to be greeted by Beth, who is a delightful lady.

After all the excitement of the trip, it was back to my own garden in Hampshire. Everything was looking somewhat overgrown, after my 10 days away. It was amazing how many weeds had emerged. Three of us have just spent hours weeding, mowing and sorting, and my hands are still buzzing from the nettle stings, despite the chunky gloves I was wearing.

We harvested some early autumn-fruiting raspberries, which we enjoyed later with some wonderfully creamy organic vanilla ice cream. This is the first proper fruiting year from many of my raspberry canes, and I’m pleased they are cropping so heavily. I’m tempted to plant some more, as they are such good value, and their flavour far exceeds that of shop-bought fruits. If you have room for some raspberry canes in your garden, I’d heartily recommend growing some.  ‘Autumn Bliss’ and ‘Joan J’ are particularly good varieties, and many people have recommended the newer variety, ‘Polka’, to me so I think I’ll give that a try, too…

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Gardeners' World Web User 24/08/2011 at 16:59

They may not need staking, nor the birds eat the fruit but they don't half spread everywhere.

Gardeners' World Web User 24/08/2011 at 18:08

I've never seen such a crop of raspberries as they have at Barrington Court - the golden ones. Golden they certainly are and very big and they taste delicious. They do get out of control very easily as you can see in Perthshire where they grow in the hedgerows like blackberries, having escaped from the fields. but they are easier to dig out than brambles and not so prickly.

Gardeners' World Web User 25/08/2011 at 10:00

My single raspberry plant has also been cropping heavily. I had a mild burst in June, then the plant grew a whole new branch/stem/cane (not sure how you refer to it)which has since flowered and starting fruiting much more heavily than before - delicious on my morning porridge. Although I can see that this plant might take over the garden soon - smaller plants have just started popping up all over the place.

Gardeners' World Web User 25/08/2011 at 11:08

I grow my autumn fruiting raspberries in front of a native hedge. The grass in front of them is mown, which cuts off any suckers tempted to creep outwards into the grass, but otherwise, if they spread laterally, so much the better - plants for free! I forgot to cut them down last winter, and as a result had a good crop in June on last years stems. I wondered if that would be it, but they are starting to crop again now, so I think for the future I will cut back half of them hard in the winter, and leave the rest - alternating which ones get cut each year. It seems to me that I will then get an almost continuous supply of raspberries through the summer and autumn.

Gardeners' World Web User 25/08/2011 at 15:36


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