Rafiki is a new primocane raspberry variety which can be used in many growing areas. This variety – generally thorn free – is very easy to grow and produces a high yield. The beautiful fruits have a long shelf life, which enables long distance transport. These characteristics combined make Rafiki every grower’s friend.

Rafiki is suitable for double cropping, which means that the raspberries can be harvested in autumn and in spring. This variety produces conical fruit of a beautiful colour and an excellent flavour. Harvesting is fairly easy and the fruits release easily when picked later during the day. Partly because the fruits only darken slowly after harvest, a shelf life of 10 days or more is the rule rather than the exception.

Rafiki is suitable for growing in moderate and Mediterranean climates. It tolerates high temperatures and thus this variety also appears suitable for dry tropical climates.

Recommended number of canes per linear meter (at a row distance of 2 meter)

Autumn crop: 6 to 8
Spring crop: 4 to 5

Autumn crop in the Netherlands

Average fruit weight: 5 grams
Primocane yield: 2.0 kg/m2
Days after Polka: 8

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