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Raspberries Varieties Red Raspberry Varieties

Boyne (Zone 3 to 9). Floricane. Vigorous, very hardy plants. One of the earliest producers.

Latham (Zone 3 to 8). One of the most popular standard red berries. Hardy and tolerant of many viral diseases.

Double Delight (Zone 2). Primo- cane, it fruits from summer through fall.

Rubus ‘Double Delight' raspberry.

Fall Red (Zone 3). Very hardy, with large, bright red berries of good flavour and a nice aroma.

Heritage (Zone 3). Primocane. Berries are firm, small to medium in size, and light red.

Yellow Raspberry Varieties

Fall Gold (Zone 3). Sweet, mild flavour. Berries are medium to large in size and conical.

Rubus 'Fall Gold' raspberry.

Anne (Zone 2). Primocane. Excep- tionally flavoured yellow berries that have a slight pink blush to them.

Black Raspberry Varieties

Aubin Black (Zone 3). Floricane. Black berries ripen in July. Spread five feet high by four feet wide.

MacBlack (Zone 3). Floricane. One of the latest to ripen its crop. Medium to large sized berries are sweet and firm.

Rubus black raspberry.

Allen (Zone 4). Large fruits of superior dessert quality. Very productive, hardy and vigorous.

Purple Raspberry Varieties *Needs winter protection

Royalty (Zone 4). Floricane. The fruit are very large, purple, firm and have a sweet flavour.

Rubus purple raspberry. 16 • Spring 2016

Brandywine (Zone 4). Floricane. Large, round and reddish purple, berries are tart and ripen in late July.

grow several feet tall; all other types are generally fine without support. Raspberries prefer a rich, well-drained soil with a pH of around 6.0 and hate wet feet. After planting, cut the canes back to four to six inches and allow for basal shoots to appear. Top them up with a generous amount of compost or manure. Watering is important as the plants should not dry out during their flowering or fruiting season. You can feed them in early spring with an all- purpose fertilizer of 10-10-10. If you want to try a raspberry that is not in your zone plant it in a patio container 60 cm (24 inches) in diameter or larger. Raspberries are promiscuous. They are self-fertile and reproduce

prolifically if left to their own devices they will spread very quickly. Prun- ing is simple and necessary to main- tain order. Autumn-bearing raspber- ries or primocanes are the simplest to prune. All canes should be cut down to ground level in late fall after fruiting or very early spring before growth begins as the plants fruit on the new growth. When pruning floricanes, you only

need to remove the spent second year canes. They can be trimmed in the fall after harvest or in early spring when the dead and damaged canes are easy to identify among the new season’s growth. Never cut the new canes. Plantings can also be thinned out at this time if needed. Everbearing rasp- berries produce fruit on the top one- third of the plant, trim this off after fruiting, leaving the bottom two-thirds of the plant.

Harvesting If you don’t want to share with your

local wildlife you may want to cover your plants with netting. Otherwise plant a few extra and make the birds and critters happy. Raspberries are ready to harvest when they easily come off the plant when gently pulled. Pick and enjoy! s

How to Freeze Raspberries

The best way to enjoy your rasp- berry harvest throughout the year is to freeze them. Freezing rasp- berries is very easy. Simply wash the berries and allow them to dry. Once dry place them on wax paper on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen they will store nicely in Ziploc bags.

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