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Raspberries for pots

Growing raspberries in a pot can be done without too many problems if the right varieties are chosen.

Dwarf Raspberry Lowberry® Goodasgold

The yellow, early autumn raspberry for pots

From £9.90 *

Lowberry® Raspberry Little Sweet Sister®

The fastest of all Raspberries

From £9.90 *

Raspberry Twotimer® Sugana®

The most versatile raspberry variety; bears fruit twice

From £4.40 *

Raspberry Twotimer® Yellow Sugana®

The all-rounder in yellow...

From £6.90 *


More useful information about Raspberries for pots

In the end, it is an old garden dream that comes true: when you buy raspberry canes that are ideal for planting in pots, you get a raspberry paradise with all the sweet and elegant berry fruits of the garden - above all the raspberries - which do not have to be picked in the back corner of the garden but are within easy reach at all times. If you go a little closer, they literally grow into your mouth! This makes growing raspberries in pots possible for garden lovers who do not have a large garden and want to live out and realise their garden dreams on their balcony or terrace.

Growing Raspberries in a Pot – The Best Selection Naturally from the Lubera® Garden Shop

The most important prerequisite for when you buy raspberry canes is to choose the right variety. If we want to narrow down the target group of suitable varieties, we have to ask ourselves what is particularly important when we are thinking of growing raspberries in a pot. Here is the answer: Firstly, cultivation that is as simple as possible and secondly, a long harvesting period. This puts the Twotimer® raspberries with their two harvest windows (a total of three months of raspberry picking is quite possible) in the centre of attention. They also have an upright and strong, robust habit. However, they can only be cultivated in pots with support or a climbing aid. Lowberry® raspberries are also suitable for growing in pots, especially the variety Lowberry® Little Sweet Sister® because it has a long harvest window (ripe fruit from the beginning of July to the end of September) and a compact growth below 1 m in height.

Are Summer Raspberries Suitable for Growing in Pots?

Summer raspberries are rather less suitable as potted raspberries. Their harvesting window is too short to expect a gardener to take on all the work and effort of cultivation for only 3-4 weeks of harvesting pleasure. The pruning work is also relatively complicated because on the one hand the newly grown canes are overwintered for the next year and on the other hand the old, worn-out canes have to be removed in the summer after harvesting. A good substitute, however, are the Twotimer® raspberries, as they first also fruit on the two-year-old canes in June/July (just like the summer raspberries, rather earlier) and then again from mid-August.

Growing Raspberries in a Pot - The Right Way!

The correct structure of the raspberry pot and a correct planting is, in addition to the variety, decisive for success. Here you can learn the most important tips for successfully growing raspberries in a pot:

Pot size: Choose a pot as large as possible, from 15 litres upwards, or even better with 30 litres and more.

Water drainage: The pot or bucket must have a very large water drain. In almost all cases, it is worth drilling additional water drainage holes, possibly with a large diameter.

No waterlogging: The pot must never - and I emphasise: never! - stand in a saucer or closed cachepot: if there's one thing raspberries can't stand, it's stagnant dampness.

Drainage layer: Fill the bottom layer (15-20% of the total volume) with a drainage layer of gravel, polystyrene or leca, and above it a fleece that prevents the roots from growing in and can also prevent fine particles from penetrating the drainage layer and gradually clogging the pores.

Soil substrate: Choose a loose, very coarse plant substrate. The potting soil at Lubera®, the Fruitful Soil No. 1, has been created exactly according to these criteria and for the long-term potting of demanding plants like raspberries.

Young raspberry canes: Buy 1-2 young raspberry canes for a 15 L pot; 2-3 young plants for a 30 L tub. A pot that has been so elaborately put together and designed should be filled as quickly as possible in order to deliver the desired fruit yield.

Break open the root ball: Break open the root ball of the young plants radically and brutally before planting. This is all the more important if you are planting in autumn or in the spring.

Time of planting: Since the suitable raspberry varieties are all offered in pots here in the Lubera® Garden Shop, they can be bought and planted at any time. With regard to the possible planting dates, it is important to weigh up various advantages and disadvantages. The growth result, but also the speed at which the young plants spread their roots in the pot is best for a summer planting (July to mid-September); however, you can only expect the first harvest the following year. If you plant the plants in spring until May, you can enjoy the first fruits in the same autumn. With this promising view, most are probably planted in the spring. Here it is particularly important that the young plants are cut back to about 10 cm and that the root ball is also - as already emphasised above - broken open. This is the only way that the old roots, which have been stressed (because they are too wet) in the pot the entire winter through, can break open for a voyage of discovery to their new home in the pot...

How Can Potted Raspberries Be Safely Overwintered?

The overwintering of raspberry plants is not a big problem in the garden, but potted raspberry canes are somewhat more delicate. After all, there are three external factors that can damage them in the winter:

- Too much precipitation in the winter, so that the pot is constantly too wet

- Too much direct sunlight, which dries out the pot and the canes, but above all gives too early signals that spring is already here.

- Cold winds, which can dry out and damage the canes

All these negative factors can best be excluded if the potted raspberries are overwintered outside in a cool, rather shady but protected place. If there are no shady places for overwintering, the entire plant can be wrapped in insulating fleece in order to keep the sun out a little and at the same time reduce cold temperatures. Note: so that no misunderstandings arise: even raspberries in a pot need the winter, they need the cold to start again in the spring - so please never overwinter them inside in a warm room...

The Right Time to Prune Raspberries in a Pot

The same rule applies here as for raspberry pruning in general: pruning is only carried out in early spring, i.e. at the end of February or beginning of March, just before the new growing season begins. Pruning too early in the autumn takes away important reserve substances from the plant and deprives us of the chance to react again in the spring to any winter damage (some canes or parts of canes damaged or withered). Here is an additional cutting tip: if you leave 2-3 canes that are 100-130 cm tall in the pot with Twotimer® raspberries (after possible re-cutting of the upper parts), it is advantageous to choose canes that are younger and thinner. But of course, you will not choose the weakest and shortest canes; as almost always the middle way is best: choosing the moderately strong canes usually gives the best results in the second year of production. The Lowberry® raspberries should be cut back uniformly to 30 cm. If the cane stock is too dense, the medium-thick canes are left and the rest are cut back to the ground.

The Advantages of Growing Raspberries in a Pot

Some of you may still be wondering whether if growing raspberries in a pot is really possible with a plant that has always been cultivated in the soil. Today, however, a large part of professional cultivation is already done in pots, on the one hand, because it works very well, but also because it means that you can always grow the raspberry canes in the same place, even if the plants are changed. Finally, no soil-borne diseases are to be expected in a well-drained pot. All these reasons for commercially growing raspberries in a pot are also good reasons for growing them in a pot in a garden: in a pot, anyone can try to grow raspberries and in addition, in a pot you don't have the problem that raspberries shouldn't be grown again at the same location (due to reproduction problems). If a raspberry pot no longer works satisfactorily, you can buy new raspberry canes, plant them in a pot and the cultivation begins again. This is exactly what cannot be done with a row of raspberries in the garden that has become too old, has contracted virus diseases or where root rot is spreading.

Here We go: Now You Can Start Growing Raspberries in a Pot

Actually, there's no stopping now. You have a perfect idea - namely to cultivate and enjoy the wonderful raspberries very close to your life, on your balcony or terrace! You know the right varieties - namely the Twotimer® raspberries and Little Sweet Sister® - which both can be found here in the Lubera® Garden Shop and now you also know the most important tricks...Let's buy raspberry canes and start growing raspberries in a pot!


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