Growing autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: Wednesday 6 March 2013
by Pippa Greenwood

I’m a big fan of raspberries, which are the most reliable of all the soft fruit crops that I grow.

Bowl of freshly harvested raspberries

I’m a big fan of raspberries, which are the most reliable of all the soft fruit crops that I grow. My soil is heavy and alkaline, and I’ve found that autumn-fruiting raspberries last much longer in it than summer-fruiting varieties. So now I stick to growing autumn varieties such as ‘Autumn Bliss’, ‘Joan J’ and ‘Fallgold’, which I prize for its pretty yellow fruits.

Wet summers, such as those we’ve had recently, greatly increase the risk of raspberry cane blight. Canes infected with blight tend to look rather miserable, with purple or silvery-grey blotches. As a precautionary measure I cut the canes right back as soon as they’ve finished fruiting in autumn, and I’m careful to gather up every scrap of old cane lying around.

To toughen up my raspberry plants, I'll apply sulphate of potash, which will also boost fruiting potential. And, to further nourish the canes, I’ll treat them to a good, thick mulch of mature manure, recently delivered in a large trailer by a farmer friend.

Hopefully, all of this love and care will result in a plentiful crop this year. I’m already dreaming of raspberries for breakfast, raspberries with ice cream, raspberry coulis and – best of all – sun-warmed raspberries straight from the cane. Roll on autumn!

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thegreatgardener 07/03/2013 at 23:53

pippa do know any dual season variety that produce in summer and fall

Verdun 08/03/2013 at 00:06

There are varieties that produce raspberries over a long period but summer and autumn plants are different in way fruit is produced

Dovefromabove 08/03/2013 at 06:21

Autumn fruiting raspberries will produce fruit in the early summer on old wood and then in autumn on new wood, but allowing them to fruit on the old wood rather than cutting it down will compromise the total yield.

Jean Truffaut 08/03/2013 at 06:41

Any cranachan lovers here, a Scottish favorite and tastes fantastic, one way to put your raspberries to excellent use anyway.

Dovefromabove 08/03/2013 at 06:46

I certainly enjoy cranachan   That's an illustrious surname you bear Jean.

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