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Raspberry Heritage | 1 Gallon

Raspberry Heritage | 1 Gallon

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Heritage is a very popular everbearing raspberry with an extended harvest from June through October. In our experience, the berries are tasty and sweet from June to September but tend to be a bit insipid in October. Each plant will produce several pounds of medium sized red berries. The flavor is sweet and tart with a bit of crumbly texture. Raspberries make amazing jams, jellies, and sauces and hold up exceptionally well in the freezer. We suggest using a baking sheet to freeze them individually before placing them in zip top bags- this way they don’t stick together in the bag. Raspberries grow best in a slightly acidic, moist but well drained soil; avoid clay or heavy soils. We recommend adding wood chips of hardwood or softwood in the planting row and mulching around the canes to conserve moisture and add tilth to the soil. Raspberries are self fertile.
Summer bearing raspberries bear most of their fruit in a 3-4 week period in a large harvest. The best way to maintain and prune summer bearing raspberries is to remove all canes that have fruited during the dormant season. These fruited stems will be a light gray color compared to the new canes that will still have some green or red color to them. Trellising is recommended to support the fruit. Advantages to summer bearing raspberries include their ability to produce all their fruit in a short season which is great for freezing or juicing.
Everbearing raspberries will bear on last year's canes and on the canes that have grown up in that season. They usually begin with a crop in June and July from last years’ canes and then in September come through with a fresh crop of berries produced on new growth from the summer season. Pruning these is a little trickier because the aim is to remove the oldest and driest stems from the patch while leaving the younger canes even if they did fruit in the fall. The remaining canes will fruit again in the spring. Advantages to everbearing raspberries is that they provide a snack again and again throughout the entire summer and into the fall. Though they never produce a huge amount, they spread their harvest out providing a welcome treat over a 4 month period. Alternatively, everbearing canes can be cut to the ground every winter and allowed to grow up and fruit in the fall. While this means they won’t fruit at all during the early summer months, they will yield a bountiful fall harvest with the easiest pruning regimen.

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