The possibilities seem endless when you know how to grow your own raspberries, starting from raspberries and cream, raspberry jam, raspberry liqueur and many more. These delicate berries are treats straight off the plant.
1. Select the right type
You first need to decide how to grow raspberries by choosing the right type for you. Raspberries come in two categories: summer bearing and fall bearing and summer-bearing plants produce one big crop of fruits in late summer. Fall-bearing plants produce two crops a year: one in early autumn and a smaller crop early the next summer.
They also come in three common colors: red, black and yellow. But red raspberries are stronger, hardier, and more productive than the black and yellow raspberry plants.
2. Select the right spot
Raspberries are vigorous growers and will produce runners that fill up a bed and that’s why you need to choose a spot in full sun and well-drained soil; dig in some compost to give them a jump-start. You can buy raspberries as container-grown plants for spring, summer, or autumn planting or bare-root in the spring. Plant the canes 20 inches apart and rows 5 feet apart, the canes will later fill in all the available spaces, and all you need to do is dig up those that venture out into the path.
It isn’t necessary to trellis raspberries because they only grow 4-6 feet high and you don’t need to do so as long as you have room for the canes to arch slightly as the fruit ripens. Small bed will do the job for a freestanding raspberry patch. Install a wire fence with two or three vertical wires attached to T-bar posts at the ends of the rows so the canes grow up supported by wires on either side, if you want to grow a row or two or you prefer a tidier look in the garden.