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I grow autumn fruiting raspberry Polka - very large and tasty fruit - delicious. Mine are still produce a few fruit now - enough for a small bowlfull with some muesli and yoghurt for my breakfast two or three times a week!
Autumn fruiting raspberries don't really need supports as you prune all the stems down to ground level in the winter and they fruit on the new growth. However grow mine against a fence so when we had the storm forecast the other week I did just put a string along the fence to stop them blowing about too much in the storm Otherwise, virtually trouble free
Can I cut ALL of my raspberries down now ????
Are they autumn fruiting or summer fruiting varieties?
Has anyone else been plagued with vine weevils on their raspberries? I grew Autumn Bliss last year and the little devils demolished the two plants I had in containers, even though I used nematodes on them. This year I'm planning to plant autumn raspberries in the ground, but would welcome your opinions on the best varieties for combatting pests (if any!).
Hi Susan, they should be fine in the ground as vine weevil usually only affects potted plants and are not such a problem for things planted into soil. I suspect there are natural predators in soil which keep the numbers under control. It seems to me VWs really like MP compost so I wouldn't use that to mulch the canes after you have planted them.
That's really great advice Bob, thanks. Good point about natural predators too - I'm trying to encourage more birds and insects into the garden to predate on the little blighters, so hopefully, this year will be more successful.
Just wonder if I can still plant autumn fruiting raspberries now in early February into the ground? It was suggested to plant them in October/November so it may be too late? I only want to plant about 6 canes next to a wooden fence and don't intend to put in any supports? Can anyone advise me please??
I planted mine last February and they were fine. They're alongside a fence and when they grew I just restrained them by running a wire along to keep them from whipping about in the winds.
I purchased 5 raspberry plants at weekend as I'm going to give them a go (not grown them before). They are 'Raspberry Malling Delight' - The canes are about 2' tall . Do I just plant them as they are without pruning and will I get fruit from them this year. Can anyone help plse.
How do you prune them?
Hi michaellaura - which type of raspberries are you wanting to prune? Autumn-fruiting raspberries should be cut down to the ground by now. If not done yet do them now.
Autumn- fruiting raspberries and thanks Dovefromabove i am off now for 2 weeks so do them now but never had much fruit off them.
Give them a dose of Fish Blood and Bone about now, and maybe water in some potash too. If your soil is on the alkaline side water in a couple of teaspoons of epsom salts too.
Raspberries need quite a bit of water to produce fruit, so when you see them starting to flower make sure you give them a good soaking during dry spells. I water mine whenever I water the runner beans.
OK thank you Dovefromabove i will it a go and see what happens.