Planting Raspberries – A how-to guide to a great harvest

Planting Raspberries – A how-to guide to a great harvest

Raspberries are a healthy and sweet fruit – which grows across countries all around the world. In this short guide we will give you the most important tips on how to plant and grow your own raspberries.

Raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are a true powerfood – or power fruit. Raspberries do not only contain a high level of vitamin C, they are also among the most antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in the world. They also contain so-called “ellagic acid”, a substance that is said to be anti-carcinogenic. In addition, raspberries contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Already thinking about getting your share of raspberries? So did I some time ago. And the great thing about raspberries: There are numerous different types, growing on different continents and under different climates.

Planting raspberries

After having experienced raspberries as a nice cereal add-on some time ago in Europe, I decided to see whether these can be planted by yourself (spoiler – they can).

One thing I learned at the beginning is that raspberries are self-fertile, which means that just one bush is required to produce fruit.

Of course, raspberries are outside plants and should not be planted inside. Their bushes are too large for your home – and also not the nicest thing to see. Furthermore, they are pollinated by bees, so direct access is needed.

small raspberry shrubs
The best time to plant raspberries is early spring [ Novak]

Raspberries sould ideally be planted around early spring, once the ground has fully thawed out and the bushes can grow. This way, your little raspberry plants have the best chance of growing into fully-fledged raspberries bushes.
It is best to select a sunny spot for your raspberries. While they can also grow in semi-shady areas, their fruit will highly profit from access to sunlight.
Simply plant out the raspberries plants by digging a deep-enough hole, carefully plant in the roots of the bush and fill back in the soil. Do not forget to water the roots before putting them in the hole. If you are planting multiple plants, you should keep them around 50 centimetres away from each other, so that the roots will not start to fight for water and soil.

Taking care of your raspberries

Caring for your raspberries can be crucial to your success in bringing out nice bushes with great fruit.

Depending on our geographical location, watering is essential. Raspberries prefer a steady but modest inflow of water. So if you do not live in a rather rainy area where it rains at least every 10 days to a certain extent, you should water your plants every 7 to 10 days. Do not soak you plants, but water them carefully.

raspberry shrub with water drops
Watering your raspberries is essential for a good harvest [ svetlanabalyn]

Essentially, watering has to be taken out throughout the whole season until the ground starts to freeze during the night – from planting until at least september or even late october (depending on where you are located).

In the second year, your raspberries will start to produce fruit.

Harvesting your raspberries

Your bushes will carry their first fruits over the first days of summer. The good thing is that they grow and mature as quickly as every two weeks. Which also means that a constant picking is inevitable if you do not want birds to steal your carefully grown fruits.

It is advised to harvest raspberries on sunny days as soaked fruits can get squeezed and destroyed more easily.

And now – enjoy planting your very own raspberries!

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