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RECOMMENDED RASPBERRY VARIETIES
Raspberry plants are still undergoing a vigorous breeding program and several new varieties are introduced each year. Some are good and some not so good, we recommend our favourites below and explain why.
We have split the varieties into summer fruiting and autumn fruiting. Where a variety has been awarded an AGM by the Royal Horticultural Society this is also noted. Raspberry plants can be bought as bare-rooted in autumn and winter or as potted plants (more expensive) at any time of year.
AUTUMN FRUITING RASPBERRY VARIETIES
The best of the yellow coloured, autumn fruiting raspberries. The taste is very sweet and less acidic compared to many other varieties. They produce medium sized yellow raspberries from mid august right through to mid October in many years.
The plants grow to around 150cm / 6ft high and have good disease resistance. Some people find that the fruits crumble very easily and indeed they do but the flavour and appearance more than make up for this. They grow very well in largish containers. Awarded and AGM in 2009.
One of our favourite raspberry varieties which has been around a long time. It was awarded the RHS AGM in 1993 and again in 2009. This is a short growing varieties which reaches a maximum height of 1.5m (5ft) and is easily capable of growing without support in most conditions.
It is one of the best as far as disease resistance is concerned, resisting aphids particularly well. The fruit tastes delicious and yields are about average but spread over a longer than normal cropping period. Fruit is available from August right through to late October.
Care and pruning of Autumn Bliss raspberries is the same as for other autumn fruiting raspberries, click here for more information.
Another sturdy, low growing raspberry plant which is self-supporting. Joan J lacks any prickles making harvesting and pruning of this variety easier than normal. Production of fruit in the first year is unusually high so those looking for a quick crop will do well with this variety.
Disease resistance is good and yields are slightly higher than Autumn Bliss although this tails off significantly after the first flush in august. The fruits turn a dark red soon after picking especially if the weather is warm.
Joan J is a cross between Joan Squire and Terri-Louise. It was bred to rival Autumn Bliss and was awarded an AGM in 2009. Disease resistance is good, the taste is highly rated in trials.
Growing to 1.8m / 6ft tall Polka will require some support. They produce a higher than average crop regularly each year and the fruits store well. Raspberries are large and very tasty. Starts to produce a crop earlier than average and continues well to the first frosts. Highly recommended recent Polish variety. The RHS have given this variety an Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
SUMMER FRUITING RASPBERRY VARIETIES
One of the latest varieties to be awarded an AGM, this variety produces a heavy crop of tasty raspberries. This is the raspberry of choice for the food retailers because it stores better than most other varieties. It also has good disease resistance.
We highly recommend this tall growing variety which can easily reach 2m / 6ft high. The peak cropping time is mid July through to mid august and you can expect a high yield. The shape and taste of Tulameen is everything you would expect of the ideal raspberry. Highly recommended.
This is the most popular of all raspberry varieties and high yields over a longer than normal period are just two two of its plus points. Disease resistance is good and was awarded an AGM in 2000 which was re-confirmed in 2009. This is the best summer fruiting variety for growing in containers because the crop is so high. Spine free.
Too susceptible to bruising for the supermarkets to sell them but this variety is sweet and full of raspberry flavour, a definite winner. Click here to read our in depth article on the Glen Magna raspberry.
Awarded an AGM in 1993 and reconfirmed in 2009 this is a proven raspberry variety. The fruits are medium to large sized and deep red. Malling Admiral has good disease resistance although it needs protection from windy conditions because the canes are relatively tall.
First released in autumn 2014 we haven't yet had a chance to test out this variety nor have we been able to check with others how it performs. It's a summer fruiting dwarf variety that is claimed to grow only 1m / 3ft tall making it an ideal candidate for growing in containers and / or on the patio. It's only being sold as a pot plant at the moment so that bumps up the cost to around £10 for a single plant plus postage and packing which is likely to be in the region £5 making this one exceptionally expensive raspberry plant!
Of course, with every new novelty plant you have to pay extra if you want it as soon as it comes out. Our suggestion would be to wait a couple of years and then read any reviews about how well it performs. After a couple of years the price is likely to fall if you are still interested.
COMMENTS / QUESTIONS LEFT BY OUR READERS
|Date: 22 July 2018||From: Elaine|
|QUESTION: Are there any seedless varieties of raspberry? If so can I grow them in the UK.
ANSWER: As far as I am aware, there are no seedless varieties of raspberry.