PRICE: All raspberries are sold in bundles of 5 canes @ $20.00 per bundle.
Raspberries are members of the Rose family which contains other bramble-like growers. There are over 400 Rubus species in North America alone. Botanically the raspberry is not a true berry it is a drupe.
There are two basic types of raspberry cultivars: summer-bearing and autumn-bearing.
Summer-bearing raspberries produce their main fruit crop in December/January, and are considered to be the best varieties for high volume fruit production and freezing. There are many different summer-bearing raspberries available, including “Chilliwack”, “Chilcotin”, and “Willamette”. Summer-bearing raspberries need to be supported on a trellis.
Summer-bearing varieties will often produce a light crop during autumn.
Autumn-bearing raspberries are usually grown for fresh eating. In January to April autumn-bearing raspberries produce an initial fruit crop on the top portion of the current season’s growth called primocanes. These are called floricanes during the second year and produce a second crop in the following summer if left unpruned. This unusual fruiting pattern is the reason that autumn-bearing raspberries are often called “everbearing” raspberries, for they produce fruit on both the first- and second-year cane growth. “Heritage” and “Autumn Bliss” are autumn-bearing raspberries.
Normally autumn-bearing varieties are pruned to the ground each winter resulting only in an autumn crop on new season (primo-) canes. If left unpruned autumn-bearing raspberries can be grown in a hedgerow.