Raspberry Canes

Raspberry Canes

Our specially selected canes are propagated from disease-free certified stock, and will have well developed root systems when you receive them, so they will establish well and give excellent yield. Delivered as bare root canes. The species of raspberry in temperate regions is Rubus idaeus, named after Mount Ida in Asia which was, according to the Greeks, the home of raspberries. Roman writers of the 4th century were the first to mention their cultivation in Europe, but they continued to be picked mainly from the wild. The berries were eaten or used to flavour drinks, while the leaves were steeped in hot water and drunk as a tisane. The raspberry's popularity grew in the 16th and 17th centuries, and by 1823 the Horticultural Society of London had more than 20 cultivars in its collection.

How to grow Raspberries

Raspberries are usually grown in upright rows, ideally running north-south for uniform distribution of light, and with a post and wire support system. They do best in a light to medium loam that is deep, well-drained and slightly acidic (pH 6 to 6.5). A sunny, sheltered position is ideal, but raspberries will also tolerate partial shade.

Raspberries do not thrive in heavy soil, but if such soil can be lightened with humus this will help them. Having said that, the plants require adequate summer water, and will certainly benefit from being watered in dry spells. Always water plants at their base, never over the fruit and foliage.

Care should be taken when hoeing close to raspberry canes, as they are shallow-rooted and could be damaged.

Before planting it is important to ensure the ground is as free of perennial weeds as possible. Trying to remove them after planting often results in root damage to the raspberry plants. The incorporation of well-rotted organic matter into the soil a few weeks before planting will be beneficial, as will the application of a good quality, granular, general purpose fertiliser immediately prior to planting.

Floricane or Primocane?

Floricane varieties fruit on canes produced in the previous growing season. It is recommended to cut spent (2 year old) canes each year leaving 1 year old canes to develop fruits next season.

Primocane varieties produce fruits on current season growth. They usually do not require support and are fruiting late in the season. Spent canes can be cut down each year.