raspberry 'Autumn Bliss'
raspberry - autumn fruiting
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Autumn raspberries start being productive sooner, crop more heavily and go on for weeks longer than summer ones.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Other features: large, delicious raspberries from August until the first frosts; the canes require little support
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This autumn-fruiting raspberry produces heavy crops of large, delicious berries from August until the winter frosts. An excellent choice for a sheltered sunny spot with well-prepared, moderately fertile, well-drained soil, the fruit are borne on the upper part of the current season's canes.
- Garden care: Prepare the planting area well, removing all perennial weeds and adding plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure. Plant canes 8cm (3in) deep, at 45cm (18in) intervals, carefully spreading out the roots and backfilling with soil. Subsequent rows should be 1.8m apart. Normally after these autumn fruiting raspberries have been growing for one year, all the canes should be cut back to just above ground level each February and fed with a slow release fertiliser. However there is an alternative way of pruning that brings the harvesting season well into summer, thereby increasing the months of berries. At the end of autumn, instead of cutting all the canes to the ground, only prune out the canes which fruited. These will grow on next year, fruiting much earlier than ususal giving you a summer crop. Next year's spring shoots will emerge as normal to give you your autumn crop of raspberries.As the canes emerge they can be tied onto their supports as normal.
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Q:Hello, I bought some autumn fruiting raspberries which I have planted in a container and which are now starting to show growth. As well as the growth on the canes there are some new shoots appearing from under the compost beside the canes. Do I treat these as suckers and remove them so that the growth is concentrated on the original canes, or do I cut down the original canes and allow these "suckers" to continue growing? Many thanks.Asked on 16/4/2016 by Elaine from East Yorkshire
These are the new canes emerging, so these should be tied onto supports as they grow. After they have been growing for one year, all the canes (both the new and the old) can then be cut back to just above ground level in late winter.Answered on 18/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:How do I plant my Strawberries, and Raspberry canes?
Hi, I've just take delivery of my order and need some advice please as I haven't grown soft fruit before. The strawberry (Elsanta) runners are bare root plants, and I wanted some advice on how to plant them, - soil type, size of container initially, and any other tips. Also, the 10 raspberry canes (Tulameen) arrived planted in one large pot - please can you advise how I proceed with these. Do they need splitting and separating into individual pots, - or do I leave them together in a single pot? I'm really in the dark as to how to treat these canes, so as much advice as you can give would be really appreciated. Thanks GillianAsked on 25/2/2010 by email@example.com
A:Hello Gillian, The strawberries can be planted individually into quite small pots initially (say around 1 or 2lt), but they will be equally happy with several squeezed into a large pot pot filled with John Innes No 2 compost. As for the rasberries, if you want them to grow in a really large pot, then use the same compost as above and separate all the canes. Ideally you should just have 1 cane per pot. Alternatively, if they are going in the ground, you should prepare the planting area well, removing all perennial weeds and adding plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure. Plant canes 8cm (3in) deep, at 45cm (18in) intervals, carefully spreading out the roots and backfilling with soil. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 25/2/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I grow Raspberry 'Autumn Bliss' in a pot?
Hello, Can you tell me please...... 1. Is it possible to grow Raspberries 'Autumn Bliss' in a big pot or do they need to be in the ground? 2. As I have a very tiny garden I would only need 5 canes max. Do you only sell them in 10's or can I buy a smaller amount? Thank you for your time. LindaAsked on 9/2/2010 by Linda Ward
A:Hello Linda, It is possible to grow the raspberries in a really large pot filled with John Innes No2 compost, but it will be essential to keep them well fed and watered. Unfortunately though we only sell
them in bundles of 10. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 24/2/2010 by Linda Ward
Q:Raspberries how to plant....
I have decided this is the way forward...........asking you !!! I recently purchased some raspberries from you which you will be horrified to know are not yet planted. I'm waiting for my long suffering husband to do the support work first. I suspect he's understandably playing for time until Christmas when he'll feel a little more like it and has a little more time. In the mean time, I'm constantly keeping a concerned eye on the plants. Hang on little plants,hang on..... My question is, I have already done the soil preparation in the spring, or so I hope, and believe, until you shoot me down in flames, with several inches of manure covering the intended area. I then covered this with semi-permeable black weed blocker. My intention was to slit the weed blocker and plant through it , then pretty heavily mulch the area. The canes arrived in one pot for one variety, one pot for the other. Do I separate the canes and plant them singly? Do I then prune them? I've just tried to access your 'How to ' pages without success so I hope you don't mind my request for your advice yet again . Many thanks DeborahAsked on 9/12/2009 by Deborah Waters
A:Hello Deborah, Ideally you should dig in a little more composted manure as most of the nutrients will have leached through from the spring batch. After you have done this, each cane should then be planted separately according the the spacing info we give you on the individual plant cards on our site. You can keep the weed guard in place as long as it allows water to pass through. They have already been pruned though so you don't need to cut them back any further. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I plant Blackberry and Raspberry canes in November?
Can you help please? Should the Blackberry and Raspberry canes be planted out now in November? Thank youAsked on 7/12/2009 by K Win
A:Hello There, They should go in the ground as soon as possible, but avoid planting during periods when the soil is either frozen or waterlogged. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Are your raspberries bare-root?
Can you please confirm if the Rubus idaeus Autumn Bliss are bare rooted or pot grown?Asked on 5/4/2005 by Mr C.Reed
A:It really depends on the time of the year. From autumn to early spring, the raspberries are sold as canes. These are bare-root plants that have been bundled up (into packs of 5 or 15) and potted up on our nursery. They will not be rooted in the pot though, so as soon as they are delivered to you, they should be separated and planted out individually at 45cm intervals. In summer we tend to sell 2 or 3lt pots, which contain one plant. This is a more mature plant, which has already developed a good root system. The planting distance for these will be the same as the canes.Answered on 6/4/2005 by Crocus
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