A punnet of raspberries from the supermarket is one of the most expensive fruits you can buy, and often whilst they look lovely and red and delicious they are a bit of a let down on the flavour front.
If you grow your own you can not only save money but you can produce the most delicious flavours ever (I know even I have succeeded!)
The key is to pick different varieties so that you have fruit throughout the season instead of one moment of bulk....
To do this you need lots of different types of Raspberry Canes and they will deliver you a proper return on your investment.
10 raspberry canes will produce well over 40 punnets of fruit (imagine the cost!!!) and you will be able to crop for around 6 weeks in the summer and the plants will remain productive for between 8 and 12 years!
Our Raspberry Canes are ready to plant straight outside when they arrive and are probably one of the best ways of saving money and having a tasty treat that you can possibly do in your garden.
Remember there's also the other ways you can preserve them too - puree, jam and of course Raspberry Ripple icecream YUM
They really like a moist soil, though heavy clay is not suitable. Light sandy soils are OK, as long as you are prepared to water weekly in the warmer summer months. For tip-top results with your raspberry plants the soil should be neutral, although raspberries are better than most plants in moderately acidic soils, and are an easy plant for beginners to start with.
How to plant your Summer Fruiting Canes
Step One: Soak thoroughly in the plastic they come in before planting
Step Two: Dig a trench about 30 cm deep by a metre wide and mix in lots of compost or well rotted manure into the soil you've dug out - your Worm Casts will be perfect for this
Step Three: Loosen the soil in the bottom of the trench to help with drainage
Step Four: Raspberries need a bit of support during the growing season so put a couple of poles into the ends of your trench - 2 metres high would be great and then fix a couple of horizontal wires to them so that you can tie your raspberries to them as they grow.
Step Five: Plant each cane about 40cm apart and put the soil back in and firm and water.
Autumn Fruiting Raspberries don't need support so you dont need to plant them in rows. Pop them in (add your worm casts etc) and let them grow as they want. A few sticks will help them but they will manage fine on their own.
Your canes are root wrapped so need to be planted asap - like NOW!
Scrummy - and YELLOW!
Sweet and squidgy, the fruit is lovely and is similar to cropping to Autumn Bliss so treat the same. Even better this fruit is a great attractant and nectar source for bees and beneficial insects
Harvest from Mid Aug - Oct (Self fertile) Produces fruit in the first year. Needs no supporting canes
Heavy cropper, bright red - needs no support. Loves deep moist soil and lots of sun (but it will stick shade quite well) Great for Jelly and puddings - Yum.
Brilliant for bees your cropping will start early July and carry on until Mid August. High Yield too.
An early fruiting variety. High yieldswith firm good sized tasty fruit.
This fruit keeps well and freezes well.
Cropping starts early July and carries through to the end of July.
Bridges the gap between Summer and Autumn fruiting, prduces good flavour and thrives in good deep moist soil.
Ready for picking August, and happy in a Northern garden too.
Nice long picking season that starts mid July and continues on to mid August - and the highest yields are early August. Excellent flavour and conical shape which look great when picked on the plate.
Raspberries are high in fibre, iron, potassium and Vitamin A and C. For best results choose different varieties for the different parts of the season.