Black and Red Raspberries are self-pollinating. Black Raspberry fruits are smaller and seedier than those of red raspberries. Black raspberries are considered a “super fruit” due to their exceptionally high level of antioxidants.
Black raspberries are bursting with great cancer fighting compounds, they contain three times the levels of antioxidants than that of blueberries.
Your harvested Black Raspberries can be used as fresh fruits or can be used to make jams, juices, teas, jellies, yogurts, pastries, syrups and other foods. Many children enjoy picking them straight from the plant and eating them…with the hopes of not staining their clothes and feet in the process.
How to/what to expect
When planting, make sure to be close to or have a fence or something similar to allow the plant to climb as it grows. They aren’t fussy about the soil, but prefer slightly acidic and good drainage is important and soil full of good organic compost is best.
Raspberries can also be planted any time/season.
Red raspberry is a plant that is the source of a widely eaten, tasty, sweet berry. Red raspberry fruit and leaf have also been used as medicine for centuries.
They are best picked when ripe. Once picked they can bruise very easily and start to lose their firmness quite quickly.
It has been said that some people take red raspberry leaf by mouth for easing labour and delivery, for gastric disorders including diarrhoea; for infection of the airways including flu, and for heart problems.
Red raspberry leaf can also assist with skin rashes.
Our Red raspberry variety will bear fruit twice per year, once in September and again in March.
Type of soil needed: Well drained, slightly acidic.
Raspberries thrive in moisture-retentive, fertile, slightly acidic soils, which are well-drained
and weed free. They dislike soggy soils
Well decomposed compost should preferably be mixed with the soil before planting.
Dig a hole 50cm square and mix half acidic compost, half garden soil or organic compost, ensuring good drainage.
Place the plant directly into the soil mixture and cover with a mulch of pine bark or pine
needles, 5 – 15cm thick.
Water a couple of times a week and once a day in very hot weather. Do not overwater as this causes root rot.