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Raspberries come in a variety of colours – red, yellow, purple and black.


grow for one year and bear flowers and fruit the following year. They tend to yield fruit earlier in the summer. Ever- bearing cultivars will produce an early summer crop on the previous year’s growth and a fall crop on new growth. Pruning will depend on the type of plant that you have. Several cultivars are available for a


wide range of growing zones. In addi- tion raspberries come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and yes, colours – red, black, purple, gold and white. If you


would like to enjoy a wide selection of berries, you can plant red, gold or purple berries together, however, plant black raspberries 75 to 100 feet from other varieties as they are more suscep- tible to pests and disease that can spread to your other plants. Spring is the best time to plant Raspberries can be planted any time


of the year, however, the best time is fall or early spring. Spring plantings will allow the plants to establish them- selves and perhaps even produce the


first year. When selecting a spot for your raspberries do not select a spot that was previously occupied by toma- toes, eggplants, peppers or potatoes in the last three years. These vegetables can carry verticillium wilt which can be spread to your raspberries. For the best berry production, plant


in areas that receive full sun. Plant raspberries 30 to 36 inches apart in rows spaced eight feet apart. Summer- fruiting raspberries will need support, such as a fence or trellis as they can


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