Rubus fruticosus. (Red Raspberry)
Raspberries are a delicious fruit that grow so well in our English climate. Tolerant to most aspects and soil types and full or part sun meaning almost anyone can find a spot somewhere to grow them.
The plants are dormant in winter and grow to approximately 1m tall in summer fruiting between spring and autumn. After fruiting cut back to allow next years growth to come away.
The plants can be left to grow but are best with a little support. Often planted in rows with supports at either end and lines between to hold the plants up in a set space and make picking easier.
The fruits are deliciously sweet and can be eaten raw or cooking or frozen. They make fantastic jams, jellies, pies, tarts and more.
With the price of a punnet of these fruits full of goodness in the shops why not grow your own. They not only cost less but taste soo much better.
It is advisable to have around a dozen plants to provide a good crop however if you do not have the room or the finances to purchase in one go these do bulk up year by year so a small clump will grow quickly.
These come in a pot and may vary in appearance depending on the time of year purchased. However are of mature fruiting age and will produce fruit within 12 months of planting.