'Autumn Bliss' has proven itself as a popular and successful gardener's variety for a number of years, with good disease resistance and long cropping period. 'Autumn Bliss is a Primocane variety, so it produces fruits on its new season stems, from August to first frosts of late October. This saves a whole year of growing time in the garden compared to old-fashioned varieties, and means they are more compact and suitable for pot and patio growing, reaching 4ft (1.2M), on sturdy stems, requiring little support Because they fruit on same year's growth, they are exceptionally easy to maintain - simply cut all shoots back to ground level when dormant in February.
What Is Supplied
Item 330008 supplied as:
Supplied dormant as bare-rooted short canes, ready to plant straight out in borders or gardens, for fruiting the first Autumn after planting.
Planting Advice for Raspberries:
- Plant raspberries roughly 50cm apart in rows, along walls or fences or in beds where further support from posts can be used.
- They can also be grown in large pots (40cm+ diameter) on your patio, balcony, terrace and more.
- Select an appropriate spot for your plants, making sure that you give them enough space to grow to their full size.
- For best results, plant in a sunny but sheltered position.
- Soak canes in water for a couple of hours before planting to wake them up from dormancy.
- Dig a hole with enough room for the roots to spread. If youíre planting multiple bushes, itís easiest to dig a trench.
- Whether youíre planting bare-root or potted plants, keep the crown of the plant 1 or 2 inches above the ground - raspberries hate to be buried too deeply.
- Fork over the bottom to loosen the soil and add some good quality fertiliser such as Blood Fish & Bone.
- Holding the plant upright in position with one hand, slowly backfill the hole with soil, and gently shake the plant, so the soil falls back around the roots.
- Firm in and water well.
Aftercare Advice for your raspberries:
- A thick mulch will conserve moisture and suffocate weeds. Keep a thick layer of mulch around the plants at all times.
- Water daily from spring until after harvest. Regular watering is better than infrequent deep soaking.
- Remove any suckers (canes that grow well away from the rows) to prevent them taking valuable nutrients away from the main plant.
- Cut down any raspberry canes that have already fruited in November, leaving long canes for the following year's bigger crops.
- Summer-fruiting varieties crop in July on last year's growth