Raspberry Canes

Some gardeners are worried that cane fruits get out of control too easily, and while this may be true for some of the more vigourous varieties of blackberry, th raspberry is a great addition to any size garden and is much easier to control than many people think.

Selecting Raspberry Canes

Varieties such as Glen Fyne, Autumn Bliss and the recent Polka are firm favourites, but there are plenty of others out there. Be guided by the experts when choosing your variety. Latitude, Altitude, Soil, Exposure and when you want to harvest will all affect your choice.

No matter which variety you choose, likely as not you will actually buy a small black plastic bag with five short sticks poking out the top. In winter dormant canes do not look impressive, but don't be folled by that. They will spring up at an amazing rate come springtime.

Planting Raspberries

Good soil preparation will repay you later in the year. Fork the eath well, remove weeds and dig in plenty of organic compost. A sprinkle of blood and bone helps but the canny gardener who really wants to boost growth will sprinkle some Mycorrhiza on the roots of the raspberry canes.

Mycorrhiza is a beneficial fungal soil additive which works together with plants to increase their phosphorus uptake, which in turn, stimulates root development. In addition, Mycorrhizal plants are often more resistant to diseases. Make sure the Mycorrhiza powder is in direct contact with the roots and plant your canes to the same depth as they were in the pot.

If you are planting raspberries from bare roots, make sure the roots are completely covered by soil. A good watering is all that you need to do in the case of most low growing raspberries, but for trailing varieties, a support framework made from heave guage Bamboo will be required.