Raspberries are delicious treats that everyone should consider putting into their garden. They are so delicious and they are filled with health sustaining qualities like antioxidants, vitamins, and a lot of fiber. Often times when we get raspberries at the grocery store, they can weather quickly because they are quite sensitive. Well, they are easy to grow in the garden which makes up for that! When getting down to business, keep in mind that you will probably get about 35 to 40 pints of raspberries from 20 plants when they are well maintained and established. This should give you an idea on how many plants to plant.
To break down the different types of plants, you have summer-
bearing raspberries and everbearing (fall-bearing) raspberry plants. There are some definitions you need to keep in mind to understand the difference between the two plants. Primocanes are the fresh shoots that come in during the spring. Primocanes will be vegetatively growing during the first year and then will create flower buds that bloom the following year.
This is due to the lower temperatures and shorter days that fall offers. The following spring, shoots will make fruit, and are then called floricanes. After bearing, they die. With everbearing raspberries, the primocanes will flower and start producing fruit the first year, in the fall. You will also see berries on the plant the following summer, when the shoots are floricanes, and then it will die. With these you also have the option of cutting down the primocanes on the everbearing, after the fall crop in order to skip the summer crop and produce a larger crop the next fall.
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