10 Best Raspberry Varieties For Home Gardens

10 Best Home Garden Raspberry Varieties Raspberries are healthful, kid-friendly, and easy to grow once you know how. Some kinds need trellising and pruning, but others can be mow down in the fall to grow new canes in spring. There are options for any need.   

1. Polana

They taste wonderful and are the ideal glossy raspberry color. They freeze well. Short and productive, ‘Polana’ canes produce early and late-season fruit, providing a steady supply. Fertilizer in May or June before fruiting helps these plants.  

2. Polka 

It has thick, robust spring shoots and grows upright. Despite drought, ‘Polka’ shines. Increase pH to 6.5-6.8 and establish a weed-free seedbed before planting raspberry types for best results. Plant bare-root plants 2-3 feet apart. Remember that canes fill holes.   

3. Joan J

A firm, dry raspberry that may be frozen, this kind is ideal For the first season, water continuously and monitor moisture levels during dry spells until roots form.   

4. Himbo-Top

Raspberry-flavored ‘Himbo-top’ berries have little drupelets and long canes. Since the plants produce well and the berries stay intact, they're great for freezing. July has floricane berries, September primocane until frost. This cultivar resists Phytophthora root and crown rot.   

5. Heritage

‘Heritage’ raspberries are good all-around. It tastes great fresh and frozen and looks great in jams. This cultivar grows better in warmer climates since the second flush of berries occurs late August to October. Keep them well-watered all season to avoid tiny berries.   

6. Caroline 

This raspberry plant is fussier, but the flavor is classic and powerful. One of the tastiest berries, they ripen earlier in the south from August to the first frost. However, ‘Caroline’ struggles in drought and hot heat.   

7. Jewel 

The classic black raspberry variety ‘Jewel’ is great for jams and jellies. After harvest, the glossy, huge fruits stay fresh, and the plants are reliable and productive. It's hardy in cold but thrives in warmer climates. The second year after planting, it will fruit.   

8. Niwot

Black primocane ‘Niwot’ was the first from a Colorado private breeder. Tastes great but not as intense as Jewel, however winter hardiness is good. Trellising and space are needed for this vigorous cultivar. Later August till first frost ripens berries. Consider tip trimming for later harvest.   

9. Anne 

'Anne' is industrious and apricot-flavored. The distinctive light tint can be planted with red raspberry varieties with similar fall ripening times for a beautiful color mix. Height may require trellising, but ‘Anne’s’ canes are strong.  

10. Double Gold

Though slower to develop in cooler climates, these plants sucker quickly and yield fruit in their first year, making planting a no-brainer. Early harvesting is recommended because they don't last long. The reddish tint makes this difficult, but after the first season, you'll get it.   

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