Raspberries at a Glance

Growing raspberries that ripen at different times is an easy way to stretch your raspberry season. 

October/November 2012

By Barbara Pleasant 

The chart below offers tips for growing each type of raspberry, plus a list of the raspberry varieties we recommend. Learn more about organic raspberry cultivation in All About Growing Raspberries.

Type  Description  Recommended
Summer red
Rubus idaeus 
Canes that grow one year (floricanes) bear heavy crops the following summer. The
best type for freezing or canning, summer reds can be grown on a modest trellis.





Everbearing red
R. idaeus 
New canes that grow in spring (primocanes) bear good crops in late summer and fall.
Bud-bearing branches that survive winter produce berries in spring. Require little or no
trellising. Can be grown in extreme climates.

'Autumn Bliss'




Black raspberries
R. occidentalis 
One-year-old canes produce heavy crops in their second summer. Not as productive as
summer reds, but more flavorful and nutritious. Wild plants respond well to cultivation.




'Mac Black'


Golden raspberries
R. idaeus 
Sweet flavor and excellent bird resistance have made golden raspberries popular
companions for everbearing reds. Best grown as primocanes with emphasis on the
fall crop.


'Fall Gold'

'Honey Queen'

Purple raspberries
R. spp. 
Cross between red and black raspberries. Fruits ripen in early summer — after
black raspberries — with heavy crops of dark, juicy berries possible. Prune and
propagate like black raspberries.




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Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .

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