Use these tips for growing raspberries to add this perennial fruit to your garden.
It seems as though everyone loves raspberries. And why shouldn't they? Raspberries are a sweet summer treat that goes with everything. If you are curious about growing raspberries, take a peek at these tips for growing raspberries in your own garden.
Tips for Growing Raspberries
How to plant raspberries
Raspberry plants can be planted in the early spring. There are a few steps you need to take prior to planting. First, enrich the soil in the planting bed with mulch or compost. Next, soak the roots of the raspberry plants in water so they have time to hydrate. Raspberry plants love water.
When you are ready to plant, dig a hole that is 3 inches more than the length of the root ball. You want to be sure all plants are spaced at least 3 feet apart, and if you are planting in rows, the rows should be at least 7 feet apart.
How to grow raspberries in containers
Growing raspberries in containers is possible. Only plant one raspberry plant per pot. Also be sure your pot is at least 18 inches deep and 18 inches wide. You will need a roomy pot in order to accommodate the raspberry plant. Be sure there are plenty of drain holes as well so moisture doesn't accumulate.
How to care for raspberry plants
Raspberry plants love moisture, so be sure you are giving them at least 2 inches of water per week. Like most garden plants, a layer of mulch can help retain moisture in the plant.
Your plants may also need some support. A trellis or berry cage can offer support as well as keep the fruit off the ground. This will prevent loss and rotting fruit.
General tips for producing a good crop
Your raspberry plant will produce canes as it grows. You can remove the canes once they turn brown. Be vigilant about checking the plant for rot, pest damage, or discoloration. Remove these portions as you find them.
As far as pests, not too many bugs are attracted to this plant. Should you see any, you can use a food safe pest product, drape a thin netting over the plant, or provide suitable fencing. These options combined will help with bugs as well as birds.
Pruning is not required since the raspberry bushes will actually form into thickets. If you want a more organized plant, feel free to trim as needed.
When and how to harvest raspberries
Raspberries are ready to harvest two weeks after the bud appears. They are typically nice and full and bright in color. They should fall easily from the vine when touched. During the summer, try to harvest daily.
How to divide raspberries
Try to divide plants in the early spring before the thickets form. Dig up smaller, weaker plants and transport them to another space or pot.
Once your raspberries are picked, you can either eat them plain or freeze them for later. They are great in smoothies, desserts, dessert toppings, jams, and so much more. Give these tips for growing raspberries a try!