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How to Grow Raspberries

Updated on October 22, 2014

Fresh Raspberries From Your Own Garden

Raspberries are a favorite summer treat - just looking at teh lucious goodness makes your mouth water.. Its not hard to grow raspberries in your garden. In pies, tarts, on ice cream, in baked goods or just off the bush, they are a tart treat that you can easily grow.. And the pies and jams - to die for.

Raspberries are hardy to zone 2. So that means they can be grown just about anywhere; avoid deserts and swamps. They prefer slightly acidic well draned soil. If the leaves on your raspberreis tend to be a yellow and they are not growing as well as they should, your soil may be too alkaline. Add some coffee grounds to increase the nitrogen and the acidity; this helps to release phosphorous, zinc, and iron.

On a slope is great to insure that they don't get waterlogged roots - but not right at the top of a hill if it is windy in your area.

How to Grow Raspberries

Raspberries are easy to grow in your yard and will give you fruit for years and years. It is best to plant them in the early spring or the late fall.

You can buy plants at garden centres or, if you are adventurous, you can buy bare root canes on-line. Soak the bare root ones overnight before you plant them. The ones you buy in pots or boxes should be damp when you plant them. Dig a hole for each plant about a foot across and a foot deep. Put in some well rotted compost and then put in the plant with the crown at ground level. The crown is where the roots meet the canes.

The roots are perennial and the canes are biennial. This means that a cane will grow from the root the first year and bear fruit the second year. You then want to cut it off to make way for new canes.

Do your pruning in the fall after the fruit is all gone and fertilize in the early spring.

How Raspberreies Grow

This is a really good explanation of how your raspberry will grow, showing the parts of the plant that produce the fruit.

Raspberry Plants

It is best to get your plants locally as they will be suited to your climate. This variety, however, is a little different and not easy to find in most garden centres. The purple colour is great mixed with red raspberries and the taste is wonderful and all raspberry plants are very hardy.

A Great Raspberry Snack

If you can't wait until your raspberries grow, these are a yummy snack.

Best Raspberry Recipes

Once you pick them, if you have any left, here are some great recipes for baking them up and enjoying them.


My Family's Favourite Raspberry Desert

These little tarts disappear as quick as they come out of the oven.

Either get a box of a dozen pre-made tart shells from the store or make your own. On a lazy day, the box of tart shells makes it easy.

Put the tart shells on a cooky sheet and fill each with raspberries.

In a small sauce pan put a cup of raspberries and half a cup of sugar. Heat this up melting the sugar.

Simmer the fruit and sugar mix for 10 minutes or so, stirring all the while.

Pour the liquid over the fruit in the tart shells.

Bake the tarts at 325 degrees for half an hour or until the tart shells turn golden around the edges.

Cool if possible and enjoy.

Decorate With Raspberries

THere are some absolutley beautifel prints available that you can use to decorate your home. With a simple frame, they are perfect for a kitchen; fancied up with a more elaborate frame and some are beutiful in your living room. Take a look.

A great picture of red fruit - wouldn't that liven up your kitchen 16 in. x 20 in.

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A still life of raspberries and flowers by artist August Laux 24 in. x 18 in.

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Do you grow raspberries? Have any questions?

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    • serenity4me lm profile image

      serenity4me lm 4 years ago

      Nice lens I planted raspberries last year for the first time, I have much to learn. Thanks for sharing the info, enjoyed the poster prints you show as well.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Good Lens and Info, thanks for sharing.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      I don't think I'd try growing raspberries in Florida, but they're first on my list when I move somewhere cooler.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I adore raspberries but always was afraid to try growing them. After reading this lens, I'm starting to pluck up my courage. ;) Blessed!

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      Wealth-seekers LM 6 years ago

      Blackberries and Raspberry bushes, just grew wild in a field in our home town. Were all the kids would enjoy going to pick them, and bring them home to their moms. To cook up some delicious pies and jam. Only after we all had our fill of them fresh off the fine. Now those were the good old days. Thanks for the times to remember. Yes got to give this a try!

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      jordanmilesbask 6 years ago

      Great tips on how to grow raspberries..I will give it a try...Nice lens!

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      cheerfulmadness 6 years ago

      Cool lens :) I'm going to grow some raspberries next year :)

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      tyrosine 6 years ago

      every 1 loves raspberry!!! I love them on cakes especially. :)

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      bjslapidary 6 years ago

      Love raspberries. Wish I had a patch in my backyard. Perhaps this year. Great lens. Need to find a good one for growing the Michigan's UP.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, they are great. My son eats all of them :)

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      This lens reminders me of a wonderful holiday when I was young in a dacha outside St. Petersburg. There were some really great raspberries there, that we harvested and my mother's friend made into a delicious pie.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      My grandmother used to grow the best raspberries, and blackberries ever! Blessed!

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Yum. We have a lot of berries grow wild around here-- I always have to keep an eye out for the snakes, though. Terrific lens and beautiful photos. Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My mouth is watering for raspberries! You have me thinking of my aunt and uncle's raspberry patch and how we kids would good through the woods between our property and feast, always best at that moment and it was fine with my aunt and uncle as we were always invited to come get what we wanted. Congratulations on front page honors!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I grow both red and black organic raspberries and I love to make homemade raspberry jam with the fruit.

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      chookyco 6 years ago

      Hey I love this Lense template, goes great with the content!

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      rebecca aniston 6 years ago

      I planted blackberry canes (bare root) about 1 month ago.

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      Radamel LM 6 years ago

      Your lense is full of with useful information about raspberries. Well done.

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      howtop10 6 years ago

      Very informative. Thanks for sharing!

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      getwellsoon 6 years ago

      Yummy, raspberries are my favorite berry followed by blackberries. Great topic!

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      AskLou1 6 years ago

      We tried to grow them last year, sadly, we lost every plant. This lens really helped!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I love raspberries and will just have to grow these myself. Thanks for sharing.

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      Scanabella 6 years ago

      I just might have to try this! We love Raspberries and Blackberries!

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      Camden1 6 years ago

      I just planted a vine for the first time last year...hopefully they will come back this year!

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      andrzejisosna 6 years ago

      Perfect just purchased 20 bare rooted raspberry canes to start my new vegetable garden!!

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      writer4 6 years ago

      I would have never thought of growing raspberries in a home garden. My brother loves to garden, love what you have shared.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      I LOVE raspberries. I have never grown them but my parents grow them. I must give them a go sometime.

      I've added your lens to my growing vegetables and herbs lens.

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      JRAhlers 6 years ago

      wild black raspberries and wild blackberries all over our property! We have really come to love the black raspberries though because they are sooo sweet and the stems in the blackberries are no fun when making pies! Thanks for the lens!

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      Ribolov LM 6 years ago

      I love Fresh Raspberries, i Have it on my garden. ;)

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      No I have never grown them, but will love to hopefully one day

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      They sound like a great treat to add to the fruit collection. Many thanks for sharing!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      They sound like a great treat to add to the fruit collection. Many thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would love to try growing rasberries some day!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I sure would like to grow raspberries. Learned a lot here. Thanks!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      Yum, I wish I had a garden so I could grow some raspberries! Nothing like fresh raspberry jam. Thank you for this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      we cant grow them here in my country. too hot too handle

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I don't grow raspberries, but this lens inspires me to. God bless!

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      puppyprints 6 years ago

      I don't grow them but I have picked them wild when I was a kid. Thay are so good.

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      ferginarg lm 6 years ago

      I didn't know the difference between black raspberries and blackberries, thanks for the info.

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      I hope to grow raspberries next season. I love their taste. I'm hoping to be able to find yellow raspberries as they are sweeter than regular red ones. Yummy lens!

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      monstarfitness 6 years ago

      raspberries are good and good for you great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! I haven't grown raspberries but I love to eat them - maybe I can do a container planting.

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      Squidoo-Freak 6 years ago

      I used to grow raspberries in my vegetable plot. Very easy to grow. I would recommend growing them in pots or containers, as they will spread quite vigorously if not controlled. Great lens!

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      Funny_Beekeeper 6 years ago

      Great info, I will bookmark your lens for later. Thanks for sharing the info! Thumbs up for your lens ;)

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Love raspberries and hoped to be able to plant them soon. Thanks for the info. Welcome to Squidoo.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      We used to have raspberries but the birds liked them too much and then we had a mess all over our cars!