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How to Grow Raspberry Canes

How to Grow Raspberry Canes

Raspberry Plants
An altogether delicious soft fruit with a refreshing acidic taste. Well suited to growing in a temperate climate the raspberry plant is an easy fruit for the amateur to grow.


Latin Name
Rubus idaeus

Cane Fruit

Site and Soil
Sunny (part shade is OK). Soil well drained, well-dug and composted before planting.

Plant to Harvest Time
2 years

How Many?
2kg (4.5lbs) per plant

picture of raspberry growingNatives of Britain, Europe and Asia, they are often found growing wild in hedges. There are red, yellow and black varieties, the black varieties being most common in the United States.

Where To Grow Your Raspberry Cane
The major need for a raspberry plant is a moist soil, though heavy clay is not suitable. Light sandy soils are acceptable, as long as you are prepared to water weekly in the warmer summer months. For tip-top results with your raspberry plants the soil should be neutral, although raspberries are better than most plants in moderately acidic soils. 

Flowering on raspberry canes occurs late in the season, so protection against frost is not normally a problem. For this reason, areas which may be frost pockets (lower lying land) are likely to be acceptable.  Although full sun in a bed running North to South is is the ideal position, raspberries grow naturally in woodland areas, so shade for part of the day will not cause problems.


Name: Claudia
Date posted: September 09, 2011 - 02:51 pm
Message: i bought a rasbperry bush tree well its actually just one cane branch going up. when i baught it i had left it in its own bucket that it came in and i went on vacation for like a month,when i came back the leaves were brown and yellow it wasnt doing so well, my dad told me it was because its florida and they dont grow to well in the heat, but i placed it in a new huge plant bucket, and since then its been growing so fast it grew about aNOTHER 1 1/2 FEET upwards, the part that grew is looking very healthy green color and it its already blooming alot, and i can see the little green raspberry growing out of the flower,all of this blooming had occured in like 2 weeks. but there are all these little ants on it what can i use to better the plants health and get rid of the tiny ants.

Name: steve wodhouse
Date posted: August 27, 2011 - 09:53 am
Message: I have a raspberry Patch of say 40 plants and wondered if I can lift them and rotavate the patch and then replant as the site is over grown and needs tidying up. Fruits preform really well and have been in situe for years I would guess.

Any advise would be appreciated.

Many thanks

Name: Ray Coulson
Date posted: July 07, 2011 - 09:56 am
Message: I started growing raspberry canes in the greenhouse but those outside seem to fruit better but the plants are not so large. Would it be better for me to transfer the greenhouse plants to the garden?

Name: melanie axe
Date posted: July 07, 2011 - 07:47 am
Message: my rasp canes dont look too am a learner and dont no what wrong. they were doing fine then all of sudden started to dry and wilt, the leaves are sort of cripy. canyou help

Name: Thea and Sophie
Date posted: November 08, 2010 - 12:54 am
Message: our family friends have a rasberry plant and they are delicious

Name: david swain
Date posted: August 19, 2010 - 11:41 am
Message: Hello my wife bought a raspberry plant which I planted south-facing and after the fruit the plant went brown but the cane still seems a bit greeny. Does this mean my plant has died or does it do this normally to revive next year?

Name: Diane
Date posted: August 10, 2010 - 04:57 pm
Message: Can you tell me what kind of raspberry plant I have? The canes lay on the ground. They do not stand upright.