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Raspberry, Prelude

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Long season producer of big, frim delicious berries.

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‘Prelude’ offers a sweet payload of great big, firm red berries with shimmery-sweet flavor! Early-midseason summer bearing, super producer provides a nice long fruiting season. US Plant Patent #11,747.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Perennial

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.

Shrub

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Raspberry: Bare Root or Potted Fruit Plant

How to Plant

  • 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 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 24 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.
  • 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.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • 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
4-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
48-60 inches
Spread
24-36 inches
Life Cycle
Perennial
Growth Habit
Shrub
Food Use
Edible Fruit, Sauce
Ornamental Use
Beds
Planting Time
Spring
Raspberry, Prelude is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic producer Bought this raspberry Spring of 2015. Just 1 bare rooted stick not impressive at all. Surprisingly the stick took off and many shoots appeared and I was actually able to pick some the fall of year 1. Berries are medium to large and I had to learn to let them get almost purple instead of red for greatest sweetness.Spring of 2016 I was able to harvest a handful every other morning. Fall of 2016 I was able to pick and freeze 2- gallon bags full over a very extended season. I ate as much as I froze daily. I picked 2 handfuls daily one too eat fresh one to freeze. Fall season produces a lot more than spring so far. I love the 2 seasons of picking.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grew better than I expected I wasn't impressed when I received these, but I went head and planted them anyway. All of them grew very well; they got about 3 feet tall in their first season. Hopefully next season I will get to eat the berries before the birds and deer do, but that's on me for not protecting them. Looking forward to seeing how they do next year!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Raspberry Plants didn't look good when they came leafed out and died
Date published: 2016-09-15
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