When are raspberries in season?
Raspberries generally fall into two seasons based on their fruiting periods; summer-fruiting and autumn-fruiting,
As you might have guessed, the harvest window for summer-fruiting raspberries is during the summer months. These varieties, such as Glen Ample, bear their best fruit from June to early July, so these months are the perfect time to harvest them.
Autumn-fruiting raspberries are best picked in… yep, autumn! Their fruiting season extends from August to October, giving you a second wind at growing some raspberries and enjoying their flavour for longer. Varieties include Autumn Bliss and Polka.
Pruning Raspberry Plants
Pruning can vary across the two seasons. Summer-fruiting raspberries fruit on the previous year’s canes – these can be pruned out after picking, but you should take care to leave any new canes in place.
Autumn-fruiting raspberries fruit on the same year canes as opposed to the previous year’s, which can be cut down after picking around November – December to encourage new growth in the spring. However, they can also be left in to give an early crop – rest assured there will still be a follow-on autumn crop if you do this.
Growing your own raspberries
Raspberries are best planted in the dormant season, roughly from November to early March. Doing so at this time of year allows the plants to establish roots ahead of the main growing season and gives you the best chance at a bountiful crop.
The plants can grow quite tall, so during raspberry planting season you should aim to leave space of around 45-60cm between canes and erect sturdy support to keep them in place. They grow best in well-drained soil, but need a regular, consistent watering schedule as they hate to get dry. Our Irrigatia systems can help you with that by providing your raspberry plants with the right amount of water, directly to the root!
Ripe raspberries are easily detachable, so you shouldn’t find yourself applying excessive force to remove them from the plant – if this is the case, they’re likely not ready to be removed yet. Simply grasp the raspberry gently and give a small twist, and it should come right off.
Your plants may be susceptible to drying and disease during the raspberry harvest season, so it’s important to ensure there’s sufficient airflow between plants and that you’re quick to remove any infected canes before allowing them to spread.
Picking raspberries during the cooler parts of the day is a handy way to prevent drying as less water is evaporated into the atmosphere, helping them retain their natural moisture.