Growing Red Raspberry plants
There are plenty of reasons for growing red raspberries. Growing red
raspberries not only gives your taste buds a treat, it may also save your
Al though the red raspberry remains a favorite for preserves, desserts and
cereal toppings a recent study by Hollings Cancer Institute at the
University of South Carolina, returned results that red raspberries are one
of the healthiest snacks you can eat! Their study returned results that
indicated that certain properties of the red raspberry inhibit and even kill
cancer cells. This study led the American Cancer Society to suggest that we
all eat one cup of fresh red raspberries daily.
Unfortunately, the red raspberry is a seasonal fruit that is seldom found at
your local grocer and when available for purchase is typically an expensive
fruit. However, by growing red raspberries you can inexpensively make this
delicacy available to your family year around.
Although it?s too late to begin growing red raspberries this season, it?s a
good time to place your order for next year?s plants. First, if you are able
to find bare root plants now, they will typically be less expensive at
season?s end than if you wait until spring. In addition, nurseries generally
stock or grow limited supplies. By placing your order now, you?ll be sure to
have transplants to begin growing red raspberries next season.
Some nurseries will delay shipment of your raspberry transplants until you
are able to begin growing red raspberries, but if that isn?t the case with
your nursery, you can easily keep your red raspberry transplants healthy
over winter. Simply cover the bare-roots in moist soil, wood shavings, or
sand and store them in your basement, root cellar, or unheated garage.
Even though you can?t begin growing your red raspberries in the autumn, if
you don?t have an established raspberry stand, now is the time to develop
one for next year. In the spring, you will need to plant your raspberry
transplants as soon as the frost is out of the ground. Choose an area of
your garden where you haven?t previously planted tomatoes, eggplant, or
potatoes since these plants can harbor raspberry disease. A good way to
begin weed removal is to mow all vegetation close to the ground, rake it up
and destroy it. Then roto-till the soil until it is loose and unclumped.
Working aged manure or compost into the soil helps keep the soil moist and
gives you a head start on fertilization.
In addition to the wonderful fruit you get by growing red raspberries,
you?ll find that the slender canes of your raspberry stand make an
attractive addition to your garden.
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