Raspberries are a popular fruit with a growing demand worldwide. They are known for their sweet flavour, versatility, and health benefits. While raspberries are typically associated with the summer, autumn and spring months, there is a growing trend towards a winter raspberry cultivation. Harvesting raspberries in the winter allows growers to extend their production season and meet a wider range of consumer demand.
Growing autumn and winter raspberries
There are several reasons why growers are increasingly turning to autumn and winter raspberries:
Extended Harvest Season: Raspberries offer a crop, giving growers a longer window to harvest and sell their raspberries. This can help to increase revenue and reduce risk due to weather fluctuations.
Broader Consumer Appeal: Providing consumers with a consistent supply of fresh raspberries throughout the year, appealing to those who enjoy raspberries but are limited by seasonal availability.
Higher Prices: Raspberries can command higher prices due to their scarcity. This can lead to improved profitability for growers.
Planting and pruning
Raspberries are typically planted at a density of 2-3 plants per linear meter. This spacing allows for adequate air circulation and light penetration, which are essential for healthy plant growth and optimal fruit production.
Support system & Disease Management
Raspberry canes can be supported using trellises or wire systems. This helps to keep the canes upright, prevent them from breaking, and make harvesting easier.
Raspberries are susceptible to certain pests and diseases, such as aphids and fungal diseases. Regular monitoring is essential to identify and control these pests and diseases early on.
Harvest and Storage
Raspberries are ready for harvest when they are ripe and fully colour. The soft, plump raspberries should be gently pinched off the stems. Be careful not to crush or damage the raspberries as they are delicate. The exact timing of harvest will vary depending on the variety and climate conditions. Raspberries are best stored at a cool temperature (-1°C).
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