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Common raspberry 'Killarney'

Rubus idaeus

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Killarney is part of the Rubus genus and is a Common raspberry variety. Its scientific name is Rubus idaeus 'Killarney'. Killarney is a hybrid variety.

Attractive red berry with great aroma and flavor. Excellent for freezing, canning, and of course, pies. One of the most disease resistant varieties, making it very easy to maintain. Extremely winter hardy, hybridized in Manitoba. A sister plant to Boyne, but ripens about a week later than Boyne. Very winter hardy, and tolerates a wide range of climates.

It grows mainly as a Perennial, which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Killarney is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.17 metres (3.80 feet).

Canada is believed to be where Killarney originates from.

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

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

How to grow Killarney

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Killarney is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will survive though longer winters with little or no damage. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Killarney are Zone 4 and Zone 7. Killarney requires a clay soil with a ph of 5.7 - 6.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Killarney from seed

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

Transplanting Killarney

1. This plant prefers good drainage and acidic soil. Adding peat moss can create an acid soil.
2. Dig hole one and a half times wider than the container.
3. Remove plant; roughen sides and bottom of root ball.
4. Center root ball in hole, keeping plant vertical and top of root ball level with nearby soil.
5. Mix peat moss with soil; back fill the hole; tamp down.
6. Water thoroughly. Refill soil if needed; water again.
7. Add 3" of mulch around plant, keep away from stem

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

Harvesting Killarney

Expect harvests to start to occur in early summer.