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Planting - Raspberries

Planting Information

Seeding Rate Per Foot Raspberries are not generally planted from seed.
Seeds Per Ounce Raspberries are not generally planted from seed.
Space Between Plants 2' to 3' and allow suckers to fill in.
Planting Depth Plant to cover roots.
Plant Height edge
Plant Types Everbearing June Bearing Purple Varieties
Favorite Varieties

Everbearing: Heritage: produces high yields of medium-sized, flavorful fruit good for freezing. Produces vigorous, sturdy erect canes that require no support.

Ruby: produces excellent yields of large fruits good for freezing.

September: produces lower quality berries than heritage. Yields heavily but is somewhat difficult to pick. Fruit is soft and excellent for jams.

Redwing: produces a good yield of medium fruits that adapt well to freezing and processing.

Summit: produces a high yield of small to medium fruits that are excellent for freezing and processing.

Amity: produces a high yield of medium fruits that are excellent for freezing and processing.

June Bearing: canby is a thornless, tasty red raspberry with good yields. Some consider it the best June bearing fruit for the Intermountain West.

Newburgh produces large, firm berries and is very productive. More prone to chlorosis than Canby.

Latham produces medium sized fruit that is good for processing.

Titan is known as a very large fruited variety with excellent production and is good for freezing and processing.

Tulameen produces a good crop of medium fruit that is excellent for processing and preserving.

Purple varieties Morrison: produces large, non-crumbling berries of a medium black color. Berries hold up well after picking.

Royalty Purple is a summer variety that produces high yields of large fruit that are excellent for processing.

Seed Viability (Years) Not typically started from seeds.
Seed Germination Not applicable
Germination Time Not applicable

Planting Instructions

Raspberries prefer a well drained, organic rich soil. They are difficult to grow in heavy soils, because they are susceptible to root rot and iron chlorosis. As with most berry plants, raspberries must have adequate drainage.

Before planting, add a two to three-inch layer of organic matter to the soil and till it 12" deep - this process is especially important when working with heavy clay soils. The organic matter will loosen and lighten soil texture, increase drainage in clay soils, help hold moisture in sandy soils, and reduce alkalinity. Apply 4 to 8 cups of nitrogen fertilizer (21-0-0 analysis) per 100 square feet to help break down the organic material.

Raspberries are not generally planted from seeds but from starter shoots, purchased from your local nursery. When buying raspberry plants, look for certified virus free stock from a reputable nursery. Raspberries are susceptible to viruses and can be disease carriers when transplanted from a friend or neighbor’s garden. To avoid virus problems, professional growers keep raspberries about three to five years before pulling them up and replanting their patch.

Plant each shoot 2' to 3' apart and allow them to sucker to fill in. The rows between the plants should be about 18" apart.





Grasshoppers love raspberry plants. Keep areas around the raspberry patch tilled and free of weeds.

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