Thursday, 24 April 2014

Dwarf Thornless Raspberry Shrubs

I bought a dwarf thornless raspberry shrub from Minter Country Garden, so when I say I am growing raspberries on my balcony, make note - these are specialized plants, rather than the regular raspberry plant. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to write down the information that came on the label, to keep a reference to what kind of raspberry plant I am growing, and its specifications.

Raspberry Shortcake offers everyone a chance to enjoy raspberries like never before. This revolutionary, thornless raspberry has an endearing compact, rounded growth habitat and thrives in a patio pot or in the landscape. Perfect for children and adults, this carefree patio raspberry requires no staking, or big garden spaces. Raspberry Shortcake produces full-sized, nutritious and super sweet raspberries mid-summer. 

Fruit Season: Mid-Summer

Berry Size: Medium

Flavor: Sweet/Vanilla Essense

Shrub Habitat: 2' - 3' Dense Compact Mound

Planting & Care Notes: Full Sun * Fairly Neutral Soil (pH 6.5 - 7.5) * Good Drainage * Fertilize Early Spring * Moderate Watering * If leaves yellow or droop in summer - water and use a balanced liquid fertilizer. No staking, trellis or companion pollinator required. 

This dwarf raspberry produces abundant new canes each spring and fruits on new canes that have gone through a winter dormancy period. Once fruiting is finished, prune out canes at the base that have fruited leaving new canes to fruit the next season. 

Note: Raspberry Shortcake is best suited to large patio containers and will fill it out no matter the shape! If you choose to plant Raspberry Shortcake in the ground, as with any raspberry, take care to plant in an open landscape or garden area where moderate spreading is tolerable.

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