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Rubus idaeus 'Autumn Bliss'

Autumn fruiting raspberry

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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (44297)

Plant details

Most raspberry varieties are summer fruiting, starting to crop in July after the first strawberries have finished. Autumn varieties continue the harvest from August onwards, and bear fruit on canes which have grown the same year. 'Autumn Bliss' is a popular modern late kind, with sturdy canes shorter than average and capable of being left unsupported. It is a prolific variety, resistant to aphids which often spread virus diseases, and bears its large finely flavoured berries over a long season, starting in August and continuing until the first frosts. As with all autumn fruiting raspberries, all of the canes should be cut back to ground level in late winter. For the biggest crops, mulch around the plants each year with well-rotted manure and tie the canes onto horizontal support wires. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Rubus

Species: idaeus

Cultivar: Autumn Bliss

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to prune: January to February

Reader reviews


I have recieved 10 raspberry canes this week ( autumn bliss) the cane is about 4ft tall once I have planted the cane should I then cut it back.


we have these in our garden, but they have got suckers what to do? what to do?


I'm the same as you smallfry, but the fruiting was good.

raymond andrew

flavele, yes, they need cutting right back,smallfry, the suckers are new plants, leave them to grow, then prune t any weak shoots.

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