Berries... Will any produce fruit this year if planted now?
I am new to this so please forgive my ignorance!
I am looking to buy and plant the following during the next week or so:
- Raspberries (summer and autumn)
- Japanese Wineberries
...most of them seem to come in 2L or 3L pots.
I'm figuring out how many of each I am going to want, and part of this decision would depend on when they fruit. Are any of these more likely to produce fruit this year than others, and if so which? Or is it a case that they will all have meagre fruit this year and (hopefully) a lot more next year?
Also, I noticed some nurseries sell these in 9cm pots. That's what made me wonder whether the 2/3L pots are more likely to fruit this year (because they are already much older). But I'm starting to think it might not be as simple as that...
Any advice much appreciated.
You should certainly get some fruit from autumn fruiting raspberries if you plant them now. I grow Polka - great crop, large tasty fruit. e
Be warned - they do need plenty of room!
I planted 5 Autumn Bliss bare root canes last year. 3 died. Two fruited, but they only produced a handful of berries, enough to create anticipation of things to come, but no feast. This year the two surviving canes have thrown up loads of shoots from runners, so there may be a good harvest.
Tayberries and loganberries are more likely to fruit next year when established. I have grown both for a number of years. They are worth the wait. Do you have a wall or frame to tie them to as they grow? I have 2 posts and green covered wire (nicer looking than silver) to tie the growing stems to. Next year tie in the new stems and cut out the old. Good luck.
if you are planting raspberries you will not get a crop from summer ones this year however autumn ones you will so get them planted asap.
Pictures show both my summer fruiting raspberries which will produce fruit from last years growth tall canes and autumn crop which are just starting to produce canes which they will produce fruit on every year
The other picture is of my autumn rasps last year which was the first year and i had a great crop return with still a freezer drawer full
Many thanks for the helpful replies.
I finally got the autumn raspberries in. They are Polka and are from Blackmoors. The info that came with them stated quite strongly that any fruiting this year should be removed at the first stages so as to allow all the energy to go into strong root establishment and healthy plants. So nothing should be harvested until next year.
However, along with the advice given here, I have read in several other places that autumn raspberries should produce fruit in the first year and that if it does the fruit can be eaten!
So I am now not sure whether to follow Blackmoor's advice or to ignore it....
Any other opinions on this dilemma?
l planted Autumn rasps last year and the harvest was great for the first year.
There is no point in my opinion of wasting all the fruit just pick it and enjoy.
My Autumn rasps are already starting to come through now and I am confident that I will get an even better crop as there are more canes growing than there was last year.
ps when I bought my bare root plants the information with them certainly didn't say don't eat them first year
I too had all my raspberries from Blackmoor and they have been amazing croppers. My autumn ones fruited in the first year and I ate them all, even got a second prize at Stafford Show with them. Don't waste anything that gives you food, make the most of them, raspberries are tough old boots as you will find out when the runners come up next year. And I agree with Dovefromabove...they need lots of room.