Success Growing Raspberries

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Position:

Choose a position sheltered from the hot afternoon sun and winds.

Planting :

      • Organize trellis or posts with 1 metre wire for support to tether canes.
      • Irrigation organized at the time of planting is an excellent method to prevent drying our in the vital fruiting time.
      • Soak canes in seaweed solution 30minutes before planting.
      • Best planted in raised beds of deep, friable, composted soil for good drainage, to avoid water-logging and prevention of fungal disease.
      • Soil pH 5.5 to 6.5 is recommended.
      • Water in with seaweed solution to prevent transplant shock and aid rooting system.

Spraying:

      • To prevent fungal disease, spray with copper spray at leaf fall and prior to bud swell.

Pruning:

      • Train canes along a trellis or posts with 1 metre wiring.
      • Tie loosely the canes in bunches of three to the wire or trellis to prevent damage.
      • In June/July prune old canes. Old canes are those 2 years old which have borne fruit in the previous season to ground level. Tie new growth canes to the support.
      • Any suckers which spring up in between raspberry plants may be cut off.
      • By the third growth season the canes should be well established, 2 metres or more. Canes can be bent over to aid picking height.

Feeding:

      • Feed in early September to aid better fruiting.