If you want something easy to grow and have a little space in the garden, then raspberries are the best choice! They have sweet taste and are very healthy. Usually raspberries grow wild in the forests. When you plant it in your garden, they will easily give you a good harvest. With some care, you will get a perfect crop of fruits!
Varieties of raspberry plants
Recently, large-fruited varieties of raspberries appeared. Genetic basis of large-fruited varieties is the presence of a gene "L" (large). Such varieties of raspberries can produce berries weighing 10-20gr. The latest varieties of large-fruited raspberries are capable of producing up to 12 kg. of berries. These varieties form a compact shrub, they are cold hardy, large-fruited, resistant to pests and diseases, as well as high-yielding. Thanks to Professor Kichina V.V. (Moscow)
Raspberries can grow in poor and dry soils. They can easily compete against weeds in the forests. But, in wild nature, the berries are small, and the crop is little. Giving a little more attention and better care, they can do much better in your garden. Start by selecting a sunny place. Light shade won't do any harm to your raspberries. Then, mix a lot of decomposed humus or manure. Do not forget to eliminate all the weeds. Now it's time to plant!
Plant it at a distance of 0.5m. Right after planting, pour some water. Keep the soil moist for a few weeks to let it develop a good root system.
Care of raspberries
According to agricultural cultivation of raspberries you will need to follow two rules. First - in May you need to cut off extra offspring. Second - in June, when the shrubs reach a height of 1.5 meters, you will need to cut the tops at a height of 1-1.2 meters.Then, in July, you need to cut the newly formed lateral branches. After this procedures the roots will have more power to produce fruits. It is good for raspberries to put a layer of compost with peat around the plants . In this case, it will retain moisture and add nutrients all summer. Before mulching all the weeds must be removed. Raspberries are very responsive to manure.
Diseases and insects of raspberries
Fungus disease is a common problem for raspberry plants. This problem can be solved by spraying it once a year in the beginning of summer. Insects are not a problem for raspberres.
In garden nurseries you can buy new varieties of raspberries.
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