Growing raspberries is a very delicate task which requires technical attention to detail for a good harvest. The raspberry plant requires a lot of sun to grow. The choice of soil is essential. Usually, a type of sandy loam soil with a lot of organic matter is necessary. The soil must have good drainage with the plants growing near a good water supply. What is really important is to save the plants from the effects of the dry season. However, plants should not be planted in areas that tend to stay wet during the spring.
Raspberries should ideally be planted from late April to mid-July. They must be protected against the effects of freezing, and the pH should be from 5.6 to 6.2. Plants should not be grown near potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant as these plants may have a root rot disease (Verticillium wilt) that can infect and destroy the raspberries. Make sure that the soil is hard and firm. If you plan to grow raspberries in a hedge, the crowns should be planted a few meters away from each other, and the rows of raspberry plants would have a space of at least 12 feet from each other. Also do this when you are growing blueberries.
Raspberries should be watered an inch or two every seven days. You should be planting raspberries in an area where the growth of weeds is suppressed. Weeds can also be prevented from developing on the raspberries with the addition of chips of wood, straw or pine needles on the ground. The perfect time for fertilizing plants is mid-April or half a month later. About 20 pounds of fertilizer should be added for every 1000 square meters.
Beware of plant cultures, so that the fruits are not destroyed. This is usually avoided by harvesting fruits often. Raspberries should be harvested when the fruit can be picked from the core of the plant. Fruits should be eaten or kept stored in containers in a cold place with a temperature of at least 33 degrees Fahrenheit for the fruits to survive.
Raspberry growing can be a success if the plants are kept free from infection. Plants should be purchased only when these are certified virus-free. Weeds should be removed as early as possible to prevent insects from attacking plants in fruits. Snipping off plant parts also helps keep the disease under control. Planting raspberries requires a huge amount of time and hard work, but if you take good care of them, they will give you a good harvest.