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Raspberries for the Home Garden

Raspberries are small tasty edible fruits.  Many different varieties of raspberries grow well here in the Uintah basin.  There are two main types of raspberries: floricane and primocane.  Floricane raspberries produce one heavy crop on canes that grew the previous year.  Primocane raspberries usually produce a small crop in midsummer on old canes and a larger crop in the fall on newer canes.


Planting & Care: Raspberries do well in a sunny-part shade.  They usually require a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight.   Raspberries can grow in sandy or clay soils.  Raspberries do not like wet soggy soils.  If your soil is usually wet and soggy grow your raspberries in a raised bed. Raspberries do not need support but support can be given to produce taller straighter plants.  Adding organic material like soil prep or organic compost will promote drainage and growth. Water new plants two-three times a week to establish. Once established water one-two times a week as needed. Plant canes 2-3 feet apart from each other.  Plants usually grow 3-5' high.

Pruning:  Floricane:  Prune dead raspberry canes any time of the year.  Prune older canes (canes that did not grow this year) to the ground every fall. Thinning raspberry patches leaving only the strongest new canes (suckers that grew this year) each fall promotes more berries and stronger sucker growth the following year. Everbearing/Fallbearing:  For a small summer and good fall crop follow the pruning directions for floricane raspberries.  For one large fall crop simply prune all canes to the ground in the fall after the canes have lost their leaves.

Floricane Varieties

  • Boyne - Medium sized raspberry.  Bears fruit that is ready to eat in June. (Zone 3)

  • Bristol Black - Large black raspberry. July-bearing. Good flavor. Height: (Zone 4)

  • Encore - Large flavorful raspberry.  Bears in Late July-Early August. (Zone 4)

  • Killarney - Small but flavorful raspberry.  Bears in July.  (Zone 4)

  • Nova – Dependable high yielding raspberry.  Bears in July.  (Zone 3)

  • Prelude - Medium sized raspberry.  Bears fruit that is ready to eat in late June. (Zone 4)

  • Royalty - Large purple raspberry.  Bears in mid-late August.  (Zone 4)

  • Souris - Medium sized raspberry.  Bears in June.  (Zone 3)


Primocane Varieties

  • Canby- (Famous Bear Lake Raspberry) Large red raspberry. Large crops in late August-September.  Very productive. (Zone3)

  • Caroline - Large red raspberry. Large crops in September. Very Productive.  (Zone 3)

  • Fall Gold - Unique tasty medium/large yellow raspberry.  Fruit is ready in late August-September.  Does not store well. (Zone 3)

  • Heritage - Medium sized red raspberry. Bears in August-September. Heirloom raspberry.  Often bears fruit the first year planted. Height: (Zone 4)

  • Polana - Med/Large red berries.  Bears in September.Polka-Large red raspberry with good flavor.  Bears in late September-October. (Zone 3)

Disclaimer:  This is a listing of varieties that have performed well in the area.  This listing does not guarantee that the varieties are in stock.  Please call to inquire if an item is in stock or not.

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