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Raspberry, Killarney

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Standard, red raspberry. Ideal for canning or making jams and preserves.

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Killarney is the hardiest raspberry we know; it's also disease-resistant and bears medium-sized, very bright red berries that have good flavor and freeze well. Ripens early and bears for 4-5 weeks. Recommended for colder climates.
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Zone

5-8

Sun

Full Sun

Height

4-5 feet

Spread

2-3 feet

Life Cycle

Perennial

Growth Habit

Bush

Food Use

Edible Fruit, Pie, Sauce

Genus

Rubus

Ornamental Use

Beds, Borders

Planting Time

Fall, Spring

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    • Raspberries may be planted as bare root or potted plants.
    • Choose a well-drained, sunny location with no standing water. Prepare the soil before planting by mixing compost or other organic matter in with the soil. Work the soil deeply.
    • Space canes 3 feet apart in rows 6 feet apart. Dig each hole to twice the size of the root mass.
    • Plant black and purple varieties 100 feet away from red and yellow varieties.

    Planting Bare Root Plants:

    • Before planting, trim very long or broken roots.
    • Cut back top growth to 6 inches.
    • Set roots 1-3 inches deeper than formerly grown.
    • Back fill with loose soil. Gently press soil in around the root ball. Transplants need good root-to-soil contact. Do not press too hard because that can cause soil compaction and root damage.
    • Gently water around the root ball to settle the soil and drive out air pockets.
    • After planting be sure to mark the plants with plant labels so you know where they are and what varieties they are.
    • Mulch with 2-3 inches of compost of pine needles to retain moisture and prohibit weed growth.

    Planting Potted Plants:

    • Set the plant in the hole at the same depth as it was growing in the pot.
    • Backfill the hole and press firmly around the base of the planting.
    • Water deeply. The water will seal off any air pockets around the root ball.
    • After planting be sure to mark the plants with plant labels so you know where they are and what varieties they are. 
    • Mulch with 2-3 inches of compost of pine needles to retain moisture and prohibit weed growth.
    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
    • Add mulch each year as needed.
    • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2" of rain per week during the growing season. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • In the spring, before leaves sprout, apply a granular fertilizer such as Garden-tone following the instructions on the label. Most new growth will come from the plant’s crown under the soil. Plants use a lot of energy in spring when growth begins, so do not let plants dry out.
    • Remove all wild brambles near cultivated varieties to prevent virus diseases.
    • Pruning Standard Raspberries:
      • Do not prune the first year EXCEPT to remove dead, damaged or diseased wood.
      • Each spring select 5 or 6 of the most vigorous new canes and cut them back to 30 inches tall. All other canes can be removed.
      • Remove and destroy canes immediately after they fruit in their second summer. They will not bear again.
      • Add a summer topping to encourage side shoots off the canes to the pruning done in early spring and after harvest.  Pinch back 3-4 inches off shoots up to 2 inches tall.
      • Pruning Everbearing Raspberries:
        • Do not prune the first year EXCEPT to remove dead, damaged or diseased wood.
        • Each spring select 5 or 6 of the most vigorous new canes and cut them back to 30 inches tall.  All other NEW canes can be removed.
        • Do not remove last year’s fruiting canes- they will fruit again in early summer. Pinch back 3-4 inches off their lateral branches.
        • Expect new canes to fruit in the fall of their first year and in early summer of their second year.
        • Remove and destroy old canes immediately after their second fruit in early summer of their second year.  They will not bear again.
    • Monitor for Pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area. Click here to find your local branch.
    • Cane fruits may need support to help prevent against wind damage and make for easier harvest. Tie canes to wire that is strung parallel between two posts at either end of the row. 
    • Raspberries ripen on the plant at different times through the season in summer. Berries ripen quickly and are highly perishable. Pick frequently and discard berries that have rotted on the canes to prevent diseases.
    • Hold the berry carefully between your thumb and forefinger and pull. Berries are ripe when they are easily pulled from the core without getting squashed. At their ripest and sweetest, berries are plump and turn the deepest color, depending on the color of the variety.
    • Expect to harvest at least twice a week.
    • Keep berries in a shallow container, around 3 berries deep. Quickly cool berries in a refrigerator after picking. Properly stored, berries can keep for 3-7 days
    • Raspberries may be frozen or used for preserves.
  • Zone
    5-8
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Height
    4-5 feet
    Spread
    2-3 feet
    Life Cycle
    Perennial
    Growth Habit
    Bush
    Food Use
    Edible Fruit, Pie, Sauce
    Genus
    Rubus
    Ornamental Use
    Beds, Borders
    Planting Time
    Fall, Spring