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Growing Raspberries

Growing Raspberries

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New growths will spring up from around the base of existing raspberries during the summer.

These should be dug up including some parts of their root system in October and transplanted to their new place - the chances of success are very high. 

Raspberry Diseases

It is recommended that raspberry canes are always sprayed with a fungicide at the beginning and end of June to prevent common raspberry diseases. 

Raspberry Beetle is a pest where the beetle larvae feed on the berries, leading to badly formed fruit - it becomes dry and shrivelled. The larvae fall of after a time, and can be seen on the soil at the base of the plant. 

Spur Blight is a fungal infection and is best controlled by regular pruning of overcrowded branches and burning them. The first symptoms are purple areas appearing on the branches in August  which quickly turn into silver patches marked with black fungus.  If the infection is not prevented, spray with copper fungicide such as Bordeaux mixture (available from most garden centres). 

Aphids (several types) often infect raspberries and the only successful course of action is to spray with a good insecticide immediately they are noticed. The varieties 'Malling Orion', 'Malling Delight' and 'Malling Leo' are surprisingly resistant to aphid attacks.

Birds love raspberries, and can be a real problem in some areas where they are numerous. Netting or fruit cages are the only real solution, although there are a variety of 'scaring' mechanism available at garden centres.

Click here to see a range of excellent quality and good value walk-in, heavy duty steel fruit cages.

Other walk-in fruit cages are available by clicking on the descriptions below:
Decorative Steel Fruit Cage
Aluminium Fruit Cage, by far the best on the market in its class!
Timber Fruit Cage, for a more rugged natural look

Smaller fruit cages are also available below:
Steel Vegetable and Strawberry Cage, stands 1.2m high above ground
Steel Freestanding Veg and Strawberry Cage, easily moved around
Aluminium Vegetable Cage - the cost effective option

Recommended Raspberry Varieties

All raspberries are self-fertile, so it is not necessary to grow more than one different variety. 

picture of raspberry variety Malling Jewel Malling Jewel - now the most popular variety because it is resistant to some diseases and forms a neat compact plant  which will withstand wind well. It has an excellent flavour.

Fallgold autumn fruiting orange raspberry. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks.
Click the picture to enlarge it.
Fallgold - an unusual variety for several reasons. First, the fruits are golden orange when ripe! The picture on the left was taken when the fruits were fully ripe. They were lovely tasting.

Second, as the name suggests this variety of raspberry is autumn fruiting. The picture on the left was taken towards the end of September in the Midlands.

If you want an unusual raspberry that produces fruit in the Autumn (Fall) that also tastes great then this is for you.

Glen Cova - bears fruit earlier than most varieties and produces a lot of them. Very tasty.

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Name: joel
Date posted: September 14, 2011 - 11:53 am
Message: HI
I live in the tropical climate Philippines, was able to germinate the seeds both raspberry and blackberry now they're 6 inches tall and growing faster by the week. Do you think both my plants will bear fruits in a tropical area? What steps or other ways I can make it bear fruits?

Name: Jeff Flint
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Date posted: August 19, 2011 - 05:31 am
Message: How can I control the bee's that are all over my raspberry bushes. Is there a trap I can use.

Name: Mike
Date posted: July 17, 2011 - 11:15 am
Message: Can you give me an answer to a raspberry problem I have. The green on the leaves disappears completely leaving a framework of the leaves veins. Any help appreciated.

Name: geri
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Date posted: July 14, 2011 - 10:36 pm
Message: raspberries looked like a bumper crop hundreds on leaves start to turn yellow and the small raspberries are now hard and i believe dead what is the problem andhow can i fix it

Name: Kris Lundstrom
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Date posted: July 09, 2011 - 08:52 am
Message: Have 3 year old fall gold berries - they are dieing of this year. Can detect no disease or bug problem. Lightly fertilized with 10-10-10 this spring.

Name: Vernon Rees
Date posted: June 11, 2011 - 09:06 am
Message: I have two rows of raspberries in their thid year. New canes have grown everywhere but I want to move several into gaps. What to do and when please?

Name: norman marshall
Date posted: September 07, 2010 - 12:42 pm
Message: My Glencova Rasberry are now 7 feet high, should I cut them down to about 5 feet. some have side shoots,should I leave them all on, why are there none on others?

Name: Martina Smales
Date posted: August 16, 2010 - 10:02 am
Message: Does Malling Jewel have red coloured or colourless thorns? I cannot remember where I planted the 2 varieties I have, but I can see that their thorns are differently coloured.

Name: Ian Hewlett
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Date posted: August 16, 2010 - 05:40 am
Message: My raspbery new growth canes ie this years, have grown to be 9 foot tall! Can I/should I, top the canes to circa 6 feet without detriment to next years crop or should I train them horizontally. the variety I bought said max height 6 foot!! Many thanks, Ian