Raspberries (Rubus strigosus) are extremely widespread in North American ecosystems, often forming dense thickets in woodland understories. Raspberries and other brambles provide food and cover for multitudes of animals, and are of course beloved by humans. Most raspberry cultivars grown today are hybrids between Rubus strigosus and the Eurasian raspberry, Rubus Idaeus.
Full sun and well drained soil with pH around 6.8 is recommended for these plants. Many people prefer to construct some kind of trellis to hold up the fruit canes, as they may flop down with heavy berry crops. Birds and mammals are very attracted to the fruit, so consider netting or cages for your raspberry plants to be sure there are some for you to eat!
We offer three main types of raspberries:
Summer-bearing: These plants produce fruit on the second-year canes, or floricanes. Fruit appears in mid to late summer.
Everbearing: These plants produce fruit on their floricanes in midsummer, and then another fall crop on the first year canes (primocanes).
Groundcover: This interesting raspberry, also called Arctic Raspberry (Rubus arcticus), grows very low to 6", and is thornless. Spreading by rhizomes, it will produce a weed smothering carpet of attractive foliage. 1" pink flowers appear in spring, followed by, sweet edible berries.
Check out our available cultivars below:
Encore (Summer-bearing) Released by Cornell Small Fruit Breeding Program in Geneva, NY. Bears sweet red berries in mid/late summer. Nearly thornless, and cold tolerant to zone 4.
Nova (Summer-bearing) Developed in Nova Scotia, Canada, this cultivar is extremely cold-hardy, to zone 3. Bears firm red fruit in early/mid summer. Very few thorns.
Fall Gold (Everbearing) Eye-catching cultivar bears an early crop of delicious golden berries in midsummer, followed by a larger crop in the fall. Cold-hardy to zone 4.
Caroline (Everbearing) Considered to have excellent true raspberry flavor, this variety bears an early crop of extra-large red berries in midsummer, followed by a larger crop in the fall. Cold-hardy to zone 4.
Anna (Groundcover) Grows only about 6" tall, and spreads via rhizomes to form a carpet of attractive foliage. In spring, plants bear 1" pink flowers, followed by sweet edible fruits. Hardy to zone 1.