Raspberry – Plant Profile

Scientific Name:
Rubus idaeus, Rubus strigosus, among others. Most domestic raspberries are hybrids of these and others.

The Raspberry is traditionally known as a Cane fruit and also has Brambling varieties. The raspberry has hundreds of cousins including wild and domesticated. Including blackberry and other aggregate fruit.

Characteristics & Role in Permaculture:
Attracts Bees, With a dense root system mostly in the top 20 cm of soil it helps hold surface soil structure, Fresh Fruit and Preserves

Ecology and Habitat:
Well drained soil, Acid to neutral, Grow best in cool-temperate, Bushy cane and rambling varieties, Raspberries need to be watered but hey don’t need to be wet. Using raised garden beds, planting on elevation or in a coarse aggregate
soil will help. PH from 5.5 to 6.5, will do well with doses of dolomite and phosphate.

Pests include Birds, verticillum fungus, Aphids, Viruses can reduce cropping by as much as 70% – this can be prevented by providing good drainage. Raspberries can survive frost and cold weather during dormant periods. Unexpected cold or frost during growing season may set their development back or in extreme cases kill them.

Cautions & Watch Alerts
Not a major weed hazard, Birds can spread seed, perennial roots will send up suckers. Fine sharps on canes can be a real pain.

There are no additional cautions or notes

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