There's little to beat the taste of a well-grown
raspberry – choose your varieties well and you'll
be cropping for months!
Getting the best from your raspberry canes means remembering just a few very important points. And here they are!
- Prepare the planting area well in advance to ensure that all weeds are removed. Then keep the planting area weed free at all times.
- Enrich the soil with no more than 25% of an appropriate improver when planting.
- Don’t plant too deep. Raspberries are shallow-rooted plants – planting too deep can kill them off.
- Look for a darker 'tide mark' near the bottom of the cane – this is the depth it was planted to at the nursery. You might need to wash a bit of mud off to find it, but it will be there. Always plant shallow if you're not sure.
- After planting, don’t cut back the cane lower than 25cm (10 in). New growth will shoot from the cane, so leave plenty above ground.
- Water well, ensuring that those shallow roots are kept moist (though not waterlogged) until well established.
- Because they are shallow-rooted, most raspberry failures come through lack of water, especially during dry spring and summer periods. Pay them due attention and they will reward you time and again!
- Top-dress with bonemeal in the spring as per the recommendation for your plant.
What about raspberries for your patio?
How about planting raspberry canes into a containers for your patio or terrace? Use a rich compost for mature plants (such as John Innes no. 3) to give your raspberries a healthy potted environment, pop it in a sunny corner, keep it watered, and enjoy.