How to Protect Raspberries

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Raspberries need to be properly protected to help make sure that they always grow as they should. Learn how to protect raspberries with help from a gardening professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon. I’m with Monrovia. And today, we’re going to talk about how to protect raspberries. Fruit is a fantastic idea in your garden, and it’s not just a trend anymore, it’s a cultural shift. We all want fruit in our gardens. So, raspberries are a great thing to talk about. They’re easy to grow. So, how do you protect raspberries? So, first of all, let’s talk about the environment. We’ve got them planted, we’ve got them in the garden. If you’re in the northern part of the states, they take full sun, they’re just fine. If you live in the southern part of America, in the warmer climates, raspberries really do appreciate a little bit of afternoon shade, dappled shade, something like that. You will get a better harvest from them. Pertaining to their biggest predator, apart from us the humans, it’s the birds. Birds love raspberries, and especially in the middle of summer, when there’s not much water about, birds will come and try and pick your raspberries for the moisture. So, a couple of things: You can actually put dishes of water out in the garden – you will notice less raspberries being taken by the birds, but you might get more birds coming in the garden for the moisture. The other thing you can do is you can hang silver strips of tinfoil up that twist and glitter in the sunlight. Or, as most people do, you can actually put nets over them. That’s probably the easiest thing to do. General care of raspberries is easier. You’ll notice here that we actually grow our raspberries on bamboo canes. Now, there is a symbiotic relationship between plants and bamboo. Plants will grow much better if they’re on bamboo. So, you can grow them on a little wigwam. You can actually put them on an espalier, because you’ll notice as this guy here is, they get quite long limbs. There are two types of raspberries. There’s a type of raspberry that blooms and fruits on first-year canes, and there’s a type of raspberry that blooms on second-year canes. Now, what I’m about to show you is something very special. This is the world’s first dwarf thornless raspberry. It comes from a collection of raspberries called BrazelBerries, and the name of this raspberry is “Raspberry Shortcake.” It really is very, very special. So, this plant does great in your garden, also great in a container because it doesn’t get very big. Doesn’t have thorns, so you needn’t worry about the children. But, it does fruit on second-year canes, so you have to let those canes be at least two years old before the fruit grows on them. They like to be a little bit on the moist side. They like to have lots of rich organic mulch or hummus for the soil, and they’ll do just great in your garden. This is Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia, talking to you about how to protect your raspberries.

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