HERITAGE RED RASPBERRY Everbearing, large, dark red raspberry. Sweet, mild flavor with superior quality for fresh eating, freezing, jams and jellies. Holds in good condition on plant and after picking. Very strong, vigorous, canes that need a trellis support system. Fairly tolerant to heavy soils, though susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils. First crop in early July; second, heavier crop from September to frost. Heavy Fall yields when cut to ground level in early Spring while still dormant. If you have limited space consider growing Raspberries in containers or raised beds. Container Selection Raspberries are perennial and they continue to grow in the same pots for many years. So, choosing appropriate sized containers is a must for getting a continuous supply of ripe berries without transplantation. Preferably, the pots should be about 15-24 inches in diameter. Plastic pots are better than the clay ones to retain water as much as possible. Do not forget to drill drainage holes at the bottom of the pots. Proper Site Position your berry container for morning sun and afternoon shade to partial shade. In the Inland Empire summer temperatures reach 100 degrees on a regular basis. This heat can easily burn the leaves of the raspberry plant. Afternoon shadiness will help with this or you can put up some shade cloth. IMPORTANT! Soil Selection When it comes to filling soil for container raspberries, it is better to use ready-made potting mix. Buy a good quality ORGANIC POTTING SOIL and add 20% ORGANIC COMPOST. Mix well. Add a handful of ORGANIC BONEMEAL. This helps with good root development.
Planting Raspberry in Pots Make a planting hole in the pot that is slightly larger than the rootball. For a 15 inch pot add one raspberry cane or 2 canes for a 24-inch diameter pot. Place the plant in the hole(s), refill soil and press top soil firmly. Provide sufficient water to the newly planted raspberries. Care for Potted Raspberries First of all, raspberries grown in containers need a support system (See Raised Bed Trellis photo above), and you can use bamboo poles for the same. Always keep the potting medium moist (but not wet), which means proving 1-2 inches of water every week. Avoid watering in excess, as it will cause water logging. Mulching potted raspberries with wood chips, bark pieces and pine leaves is beneficial to prevent weed growth, and reduce water evaporation. Fertilized with a balance ORGANIC FERTILIZER when berry blossoms appear. Potted Raspberry Problems An advantage of growing raspberries in pots is, easy control over pest and disease infestations. Keep a watch over the plant parts for any signs of diseases and pests. Two of the most common pests that attack raspberry plants are tarnished plant bug and cane borer. Pick them manually at the first sight, and remove severely affected leaves (if any). Other raspberry plant problems are crown galls, mite infestation, fungal attack, root rot and nutrient deficiency. Prune Old Raspberry Canes Pruning Heritage raspberries is easy. After you have harvested all the berries, sometime in the fall, cut all canes to the ground. New suckers will develop from the rootstock in spring, and produce berries for that season. Generally, potted raspberries do not require fertilizer in the first year. From the second year, you can apply a low dose of BALANCED ORGANIC FERTILIZER or compost during the active growing period.