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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 life!

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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