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Growing Raspberries for Great Desserts

Fruiting Raspberry Plant Ripe Berries On Bushes


If you’ve decided to start your own garden this year, then you’re probably looking for a variety of different plants to grow in it. Raspberries are a delicious fruit that aren’t too difficult to grow, can be planted just about anywhere and are often used in dessert recipes like white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and raspberry patch cream pie.


Today, I’m going to give you a brief how-to on growing raspberries, so you’ll have some tasty fruit to use in delightful recipes!


First, it’s important to know that raspberry plants produce biennial canes, so they don’t produce fruit in the first year. In the second year, they flower, produce fruit and die.


Flowering Raspberry Plant No Fruit Biennial Canes


Also, you must know that there are two classes of raspberries – Summer-bearers and Ever-bearers. Summer-bearering raspberries bear a single crop in the summer and the ever-bearer raspberries bear a crop in the summer and in the fall.


Overview On Planting Raspberries:


  • Best done in mid to late spring so there’s no threat of frost.


  • Prepare your soil with a lot of compost and organic material a couple weeks before planting.


  • Dig holes 3-5 feet apart from one another that are as deep as the roots will go and large enough for the roots to spread out.


  • Once you have raspberry bushes planted, cut the canes, leaving about 6-10 inches of the canes.


  • Fill about ¾ of the hole with soil and water well to finish filling the hole.


  • Add mulch around the plants. *Note: Thick layers of mulch are important not only when you first plant the raspberries, but throughout the entire season. *


  • Add 1 in. to 1 ½ in. of water per week.


  • Countless shoots will sprout up from the roots, and we’ve even seen them sprout up a couple feet away, but you should prune most of them and leave the thickest and strongest so they will produce a lot of berries.


Other Need-to-Knows:


  • Although summer-bearers produce early in the season, they only bear fruit for about a month.


  • Ever-bearers must be harvested frequently and don’t start producing until the middle of summer, but will last a long time.


Kids Eating Enjoying Ripe Raspberries


Hopefully this has given you a decent outlook on the basics of successfully growing your own raspberries in your home garden, and we encourage you to learn more so you’ll have a sufficient amount of fruit to use in your dessert recipes. Share your favorite raspberry recipes with us on Pinterest!



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