Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry

Japanese wineberry

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Grow them up against a fence or along a post and wires to create garden divisions

Lucy Summers - Greenfingers Guides

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Other features: softly hairy, bare stems look good in winter
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Still quite rare here in the UK, but hopefully that will all change quite soon. These incredibly sweet, orange red to dark red berries are delicious if picked and eaten straight from the bush when they ripen in August, or can be cooked up in the same way as you would raspberries (which they are closely related to). They come on a large, deciduous bush that is easy to grow, although you will get the best fruit when it is trained against a sunny, south-facing wall or fence.

  • Garden care: Prepare the planting area well, removing all perennial weeds and adding plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure and plant at 45cm intervals. The fruit is produced on two year old canes, the stems that grow this year, should go on to produce fruit next year. Ideally you should tie the canes onto wires and at the end of the picking season cut those that have produced fruit back to their base and then tie on the new canes.

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Probably the worst purchase of my life

By roobix

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    • Very poor yield
    • Very thorny

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    Comments about Rubus phoenicolasius - Japanese wineberry:

    There are many reasons why the plant is rare here in the UK!
    The worst feature of the plant is the thorns. They are so sharp, they come through my gardening gloves, and there have been many occasions when the thorns lodged into my hand when I tried to pick berries without gloves.
    The berries are few and far between. I'm writing this in August and though there are clusters of berries, they are not as full as the photos show on the web page.
    Taste wise, they are just ok. They reminded me of pomegranate, but they are not exceptional.
    It is a highly invasive plant.
    I honestly can't think of any redeeming features. Buy a raspberry instead.

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      Fruit canes/bushes

      I am keen to purchase raspberry canes to grow this year. Before I purchase, can you guarantee that your canes are 'virus free'?
      Asked on 7/7/2009 by Carol Fry

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      • A:

        Hello There, All our fruit is virus free, but certificates are only issued when plants cross borders. We only deliver to mainland UK, so we do not have certificates, but keep in mind that all our hardy plants are also covered by a 1 year guarantee.

        Answered on 8/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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