Red raspberry

Botanical name: Rubus idaeus

Crown and root system: This is a thorny shrub that grows rapidly.  It can also be used as a hedge but would require trellis support.   The branches are relatively fragile and tend to break, and therefore it should be placed in an area protected against strong winds and animals.  Additionally, the raspberry does not do well in direct sunlight, and should be placed somewhere that is only partly sunny.

Growing regions: Depends on the variety.  There are varieties that required cold snaps in order to yield fruit.  In our nursery we raise varieties that do not require numerous cold snaps.

Ripening date: Summer months, depending on the variety.

Planting in a container: May be planted in a container.

Recommended planting season: All year round.

Special care:  We recommend covering the tree with a net when the fruit starts to ripen to keep birds from pecking on the fruit.

Varieties sold in our nursery:
Polka raspberry:  Ripens at the end of the summer, with red fruit that is large and fleshy.  It is a sweet flavor and a distinctive aroma, and does not require cold snaps in order to yield.

Good to know:
The raspberry is actually an aggregate of about a hundred small fruit arranged in the shape of a cap with a single seed in the center.