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Rubus idaeus

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Common raspberry is part of the Rubus genus and its scientific name is Rubus idaeus.

Raspberries have tall woody canes, bright green leaves, silvery on the underside. Sometimes the stems are slightly thorny. The flowers are unremarkable but loved by bees and the berries quickly follow ripening gradually to a red or dark red soft berry

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Pale green and   Apple green and   Fern green. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Red and   Barn red. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Android robot green and   British racing green

It is a flowering edible fruit and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater).

Common raspberry is known for its vine-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 98.0 cm (3.19 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early spring, followed by first harvests in mid summer.

If you would like to attract bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Popular varieties of Common raspberry with home gardeners are Heritage, Autumn Bliss, Latham Red, Fall gold and Caroline.

Common raspberry is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Common raspberry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Common raspberry

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Feed with compost or rotted manure in the late fall or early spring.
If you don’t know what variety you have always remember to prune out (to the ground) the stem that has just produced fruit.
Otherwise Autumn varieties are pruned to the ground in winter or very early spring.
Summer varieties; old canes are pruned out late summer, at the same time tie in the fresh new strong growth to the supporting wires.
Mulch early spring with well rotted manure or compost
Pull up or plant up suckers that grow out side your allotted bed

Position in a partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Zone 4 to 8 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Common raspberry requires a clay soil with a ph of 5.7 - 6.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Common raspberry is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Common raspberry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Common raspberry from seed

Best grown using suckers from existing plants.

Try to ensure a gap of at least 1.62 feet (50.0 cm) when sowing to prevent overcrowding your seedlings.

Transplanting Common raspberry

Plant suckers about 30cm apart in a well prepared bed
Summer fruiting varieties need posts and wires for containment and support and fruit off last seasons wood
Autumn varieties are usually self supporting and fruit off the growth produced from the ground in the same year

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Common raspberry is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Common raspberry

Pull fruit gently as it ripens. The berries freeze well if you can resist them fresh, allowing you to collect sufficient for jam or other plans if you only have a few canes.

How long does Common raspberry take to grow?

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Other names for Common raspberry


Rubus idaeus L.

Misspellings: Raspberries

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