Growing Information for Red Raspberry Plants:
Position – This plant thrives in full sun (about 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day). But, it tolerates partial shade and very cold temperatures, when necessary. Plant yours in a spot that is as protected from the wind as possible. It grows well on a trellis or a fence, since it’s a bramble. Plant it at least 90 metres away from a wild blackberry bush. Each bush should have 0.5 to 1 metres around it to allow it to spread comfortably, and rows of brambles should have about 3 metres between them.
Size – This bush grows to a height of between 90 and 150 centimetres, and stretches 60 to 90 centimetres in width.
Soil Type – Plant your red raspberry bramble in slightly acidic soil with a pH of between 5.8 and 6.8. Your soil needs to be fertile and drain well, but still retain enough moisture for your plant to thrive. Keep weeds away. When planting your tree, mix half potting soil with half acidic compost and drop the plant directly into this mixture.
Dig a 50 centimetre square hole and add a mixture of half acidic compost, half potting soil. Place the plant directly into the soil mixture and cover with a mulch of pine bark or pine needles.
We stock volcanic rock dust, which contains organic minerals and trace elements to boost soil health and increase important micro-organisms that are essential for healthy soil.
Mulch – Organic mulch keeps moisture in the soil by preventing it from evaporating too quickly. It goes a long way in keeping weeds away too. So, apply a 5 to 15 centimetre thick layer of healthy, organic mulch around your bramble, keeping it away from the trunk and branches so that they don’t become soggy and rotten. Pine bark or pine needles make excellent mulch because they lower the pH of the soil and add nutrients to the soil.
Watering – This bramble needs plenty of water, especially during hot weather. In general, you can water your plants twice a week. If the weather is particularly hot and dry, water them daily. Try to avoid wetting the stems and leaves too much to prevent them from rotting.
Fertilising – Use a slow-release fertiliser twice a year – once in spring and once in summer. Use an all-round organic fertiliser. When planting your tree, use between 5 and 15 centimetres of mulch to give the soil a fantastic boost.
Pruning – In the winter, prune back the canes that bore fruit in the summer to promote new growth and keep your bramble tidy. After the last summer harvest, promptly remove the old stems right at the soil level.
Harvesting – Pluck your juicy berries when they’ve achieved their full red colour. Simply pick them off the bramble gently by hand.