Grow a Fruitful Raspberry Bush in 5 Easy Steps
Raspberries are a sweet and tangy summer treat. You can pick raspberries right off of the bush and eat them without any preparation. They make the perfect refreshing snack for a hot day. If you love raspberries and want to grow your own raspberry bush in your backyard, it’s very doable. Here is how to grow a fruitful raspberry bush in 5 easy steps.
How to Grow a Fruitful Raspberry Bush
Pick a Location
Raspberries love warmth so make sure when you plant your bush there is no chance of frost, and the spot you plant it will have plenty of sun. The key to sweet raspberries is a lot of exposure to sunlight. If you plant your raspberry bush in a shady spot, you probably won’t get the raspberries you’ve been dreaming about.
Plant Your Raspberry Bush
You can get a raspberry bush at most gardening stores. Gardening stores will also have different varieties of raspberries you can try. If you’re new to the raspberry bush game, there are lots of professionals at gardening stores that will give you tips on the best way to plant the bush. When you’re ready to plant your bush make sure that the soil is tilled and has a lot of air in it to promote better drainage. If the soil is too dense, water will pool up and won’t sink down to the roots of the plant. The plant’s roots will also have a hard time penetrating hard soil. Make sure the soil is rich in nutrients and isn’t too acidic.
Water Your Raspberry Bush
Raspberries do not require an abundance of water. If you overwater your raspberry bush it will die. Remember, the solution to a healthier plant isn’t always watering it more. Sometimes you’re doing more harm than good by adding more water. Raspberry bushes only need to be watered about once a week. About 1-1.5 inches of water per week is sufficient. This water can come from rain or irrigation. If the weather is hotter than average, your bush may require extra water. Continue to soak your bush’s roots with water once a week but water it for a longer period of time.
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Prune Your Raspberry Bush
Pruning your raspberry bush will promote more fruit growth. Prune the tips off of the raspberry bush to help the berries grow towards the bottom of the bush so that they’ll be bigger and juicier. When some of the raspberry branches are done growing fruit, they may die. When this happens, prune the dead branch off and pull it out of the bush. This will help the other branches grow better fruit without the dead branch in the way.
Harvest Your Raspberries
This is the best part about having a raspberry bush! Before you start picking, make sure the raspberries are a rich red. If the raspberries are pale red or still have white on them, they aren’t ready. They should be very easy to pick if they’re ripe. Raspberry bushes have a lot of thorns so be very careful when you’re harvesting them. You might want to wear gloves to protect your hands. Give your raspberries a quick wash and enjoy! You can make raspberry lemonade, raspberry sauce, or just eat them from a bowl.
We hope this helped you learn how to grow a fruitful raspberry bush. Raspberries are delicious and they have a lot of great vitamins. They are a healthy and sweet treat. Your kids will love snacking on raspberries this summer. Growing raspberries is easy and the rewards are plentiful. If you can get past the raspberry bush thorns, there should be nothing holding you back.
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