- Home Gardeners -
Raspberries are one of summer’s great delights and are an ideal home garden plant for most temperate areas of New Zealand. Raspberry canes are best planted in a site with full sun and good soil drainage. Raspberries don’t like soil with a Ph higher than 6.5. Canes should be planted about 1m apart, and should be contained or managed to ensure the canes don’t spread. With Summer Fruiting varieties remove canes that have fruited immediately after fruiting, leaving the new vegetative (non-fruiting) canes to overwinter. These will produce next years crop. Autumn Fruiting/Everbearing raspberries can be pruned to produce fruit once a year or twice a year. To keep it simple cut off or mow plants to the ground every winter. This results in one long crop starting later in summer. Raspberries contain Vitamin C, Fibre, manganese and antioxidants.