If you haven’t heard, Raspberries are the “it” food of the moment. Dr. Oz swears by their Ketone qualities, and if you don’t know what Raspberry Ketone is, just read “Key Health Benefits of Raspberry Ketone” and you will learn more about Ketone than you’ll ever care to know.
But what I do know is that I love Raspberries, regardless of the fact that they contain, in a single one-cup serving (approximately 30 – 40 berries), 2/3 of your daily intake of manganese (and who knew you needed manganese), 1/2 of your daily dose of Vitamin C, most of you daily doses of vitamins A, B2, B3, potassium and copper and 1/3 your daily dose of fiber. My head spins at the though of how healthy I’m being when I pop a handful (that’s approximately 6 – 8 berries, in case you didn’t know) into my mouth. And if you don’t want to buy raspberries in the market here is a brief introduction on how to grow them.
Selecting Your Berries
It’s important to do a little homework before you start. Make sure that you’re selecting a Raspberry cultivar that is right for your Zone and check out the plant itself, because Raspberries come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors: red, purple, golden and white. I personally recommend choosing an everbearing cultivar because I’m not interested in only having my Raspberries for one month out of the year.
The everbearing variety called “Summit” will produce fruit until the first frost, so that not only can you eat your fill, you can share it with whomever you like. And whomever that might be, will like you a lot for your generosity. But there are a number of everbearing cultivars that you can pick from or add to your berry patch including “Fall Gold”, “Golden Summit and “Golden Harvest.”
Planting Your Berries
A healthy, productive Raspberry plant will, over the years, produce numerous underground runners that will spread out from the original plant creating multiple new plants. So you should be careful about planting them too close to each other. If you’re unsure of the proper spacing, consult the nursery or the mail order house that you order your “dry-root” plant from.
Early spring is the ideal time to plant Raspberries, and while they can be planted during the summer, it may take them a year to produce fruit. And if you do order or purchase dry root plants, you’ll need to soak them in warm water (some people add half-strength B1 growth stimulant to the water) for six hours.
Pruning Your Berries
The normal method of pruning Raspberries means cutting all of the canes down to the ground in early spring. This will, however, prevent the plant from bearing fruit until the fall. Another approach is to cut the 1-year old canes to just below the fruiting area and cut the 2-year old canes off at ground level. This allows the 1-year old canes to begin bearing fruit in July and allows the new leafy canes to grow up between the old canes and begin producing fruit in late summer.
Now that you’ve got your Raspberries planted, just water, feed them and enjoy the bounty that they will provide.
For more information on growing Raspberries simply Google “How to grow Raspberries” and you will have multiple articles on the subject.