Last summer we planted 4 canes of thornless raspberries from Burpee and were able to harvest exactly 2 raspberries. So imagine our surprise – wonderment – absolute enthusiasm when this year our raspberry bush turned into this monstrosity!
Each day we go out and pick a container of fresh raspberries. They barely make it into the house before my children inhale them. The berries are literally inhaled – I have never seen food eaten so quickly!
Update after 4 years with these plants: In full sun, these raspberries thrive and are not bothered by critters. They are large and plump and provide fruit from June through December. By December we are usually so sick of raspberries that I cut the canes down to 12-18 inches and get ready for next year.
A few tips for a healthy harvest:
- Plant canes in a contained area. The roots will spread rapidly and can create huge plants. Ours span the entire side of our house.
- Pick fruit daily. Fruit is best when it is just starting to turn deep red. Don’t eat the pink-y ones – yuck!
- Buy a thornless variety so you do not cut up your hands harvesting.
- We do not spray anything on our plants. We let nature water them and let them thrive in full sun. They are very happy there.
Buddy is showing off yesterday’s stash – we’re off to go get today’s haul! What are you growing this season that you cannot get enough of?