Autumn fruiting raspberries crop from late summer onwards and come in a wide variety or colours to match the season, including yellow, orange, gold, and of course red.
They are straightforward to grow, have an easy to follow pruning regime, and unlike other soft fruit, are usually left alone by birds – avoiding the need to net.
You may also like to see our guide on: summer fruiting raspberries.
How To Plant Autumn Fruiting Raspberries
The planting method for both autumn and summer fruiting varieties is the same.
They need to be planted during their dormant season, with November an ideal time, with late winter and very early in spring being alternatives.
A good way of planting is to create a row between stakes set into the ground about 3m apart. For support, string strong wire between the canes at different heights (60cm,110cm,160cm) and tie the canes into the wire.
The canes themselves are planted around 50cm apart, with their roots shallow (around 5cm deep) laying horizontally across the row. They should then be tied into the wire to protect them from wind rock.
Raspberries really do not like dry, sandy soil. However, given their shallow routing habit, it is easy to improve their sowing bed by mixing in plenty of organic matter to help with water retention.
Ensure your raspberry canes do not dry out during their growing period.
How To Care For Autumn Fruiting Raspberries
Autumn fruiting raspberries should be tied into wire as they grow during the summer. Some varieties are more erect and self standing than others, but tying in the canes helps to prevent wind damage and makes harvesting easier.
The humble raspberry originates from Scotland, a country that is famous for raspberries, and is the source of many raspberry canes sold in garden centres.
Raspberries need moisture to grow well, but do not like to stand in heavy wet soil, nor do they like dry sandy soil. The solution for both is the same, digging in large amounts of organic matter to provide a rich, but well drained bed. Adjust the levels of watering as appropriate for your soil type, but ensure the bed never dries out – especially in hot weather.
Pruning Autumn Fruiting Raspberries
The method of pruning for autumn fruit raspberries is straightforward to follow. After a successful autumn harvest, the canes should be left untouched until the onset of winter when their dormant period begins. At this point the canes should be cut right back, with only 15cm or 6″ left above ground.
Pruning this way will encourage fresh new canes to emerge the following spring, and it will be these new canes that will provide the next summer’s harvest.
Varieties Of Raspberries
Autumn Fruiting Raspberries (August/ September / October)