The red raspberry is a hardy variety that is available in both summer-bearing and ever-bearing types. Because raspberries are fragile and perishable, the quality of fresh raspberries from your own garden always beats the shop-bought product. Raspberries are an especially valuable addition to your home garden, and they are easy to grow. Once raspberries are established, they require relatively little maintenance. This article tells you how to select, plant, maintain and prune your raspberry canes.
Red raspberries are the most winter-hardy, and are the topic of this article. There are two types of red raspberries: summer-bearing raspberries, also called 'common' raspberries, and autumn-bearing raspberries, also known as 'everbearing' raspberries. The canes, or brambles, of the two varieties, have different life cycles.
Summer-bearing raspberries have two types of canes: canes from the previous year that bear fruit between late June to August and then die, and this year's canes which will bear fruit next year. Autumn-bearing raspberries bear fruit on this year's canes so you can expect fruit the first year. There are many varieties of red raspberries providing different productivity, size, firmness, hardiness and overall quality.
Raspberries will usually produce good fruit for about 10 years, after which the canes should be replaced with new plants.
Each 30cm of row yields 600 to 700 grams of raspberries.