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Buyers Guide for Raspberries

Raspberry Canes - We want your raspberry growing efforts to yield the best results possible, which is why the raspberry canes for sale at Chris Bowers are freshly packed and of the very highest calibre. The great choice of raspberry canes that we offer means that you can choose from main season and autumn fruiting raspberry canes to suit your individual preferences. Raspberry canes as bare root are sold from Autumn to late Spring. Raspberry plants in pots and jumbo-plugs are usually available for supply during the Summer. 

Planting Raspberry Canes

Grow your own raspberries in the garden is  a very popular pastime nowadays, as you just can't beat the flavour of your own fresh picked raspberries! That's why our range of raspberry canes for sale is so extensive - probably the largest range of raspberry canes you can buy anywhere - because they are also so economically valuable. Even a small row of, say 10 canes, will produce several pounds of fruit and is an investment that will continue to yield for 12-15 years or more. 

Raspberry Canes - Always use Ministry Certified Stock where possible

It is essential with the main varieties that you only plant Ministry certified, virus free stock. Most of the raspberries listed here are Ministry certified and simply the finest, most true to type stock available. Canes are packed fresh for every order to ensure you of the best possible results. NEVER plant second best, it is always false economy. Plant 12-15" apart in the row with rows 6' apart. Raspberries prefer well drained soil especially in the winter. Most are best with a post + wire support but some are a little shorter and can be grown self supporting - i.e. Malling Jewel, Autumn Bliss and Zeva.

Planning your raspberry season

With a little forethought you can harvest fresh picked raspberries from your garden by planting raspberry canes that cover the season. Throughout our raspberry variety descriptions, you will see the season given as early/mid/late and autumn fruiting.

Early season usually begins from late June; mid season begins about 10 days after that and late season starts in late July and August. Then the autumn fruiting varieties begin in August and will usually fruit until the first frosts in October. Therefore by planting a selection of raspberry canes you can harvest fruit from late June until October! Our raspberry canes are sold in quantities of 5 or more per variety, which is the minimum number of raspberry canes you should consider planting per cultivar to achieve a reasonable pick at any one time. 

Planting Raspberry Canes

Make sure the canes are set 12-15" apart. Rows should be 6' apart to allow for cultivation, hoeing, weeding and harvesting.  Raspberries generally dislike heavy or wet conditions. If you have a clay soil consider raising the planting area just a few inches so they do not get waterlogged in the winter. A sunny aspect is always besdt for your raspberry canes! 

Remember to consider Golden and purple Raspberry canes as well, special variations in flavour and colour to add a special touch to your raspberry cane planting programme. 

Thornless Raspberries -

here are several thorn free types available so if you have an aversion to spines look out for the varieties Glen Lyon, Glen Prosen, Glen Moy, Glen Ample and Glen Doll which have canes as smooth as silk!

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*kiwi Gold Raspberry Bushes

*kiwi Gold Raspberry Bushes

A new variety from New Zealand with very good quality rounded golden berries. The flavour is very sweet and fine. Season early-late August. The canes seldom need support....

*malling Jewel Raspberry Bushes

*malling Jewel Raspberry Bushes

Mid-season, all-purpose variety providing medium to large, high quality fruit of fine, sweet flavour. A very reliable cropper, easy to manage, somewhat frost and Botrytis resistant. Good compact growth makes this variety less liable to...

*new Introduction* 'gaia' Raspberry Bushes

*new Introduction* 'gaia' Raspberry Bushes

Gaia is an excellent late summer season Raspberry with a complex parentage involving such well loved old luminaries as Lloyd George, Norfolk Giant, Pynes, Royal and Black Raspberry. With such a wealth of quality ancestors...

Glen Clova Raspberry Bushes

Glen Clova Raspberry Bushes

Early mid-season variety providing a very heavy crop of quality fruit. Ideal for all purposes, the bright red fruit ripens over a long period giving a good early pick and heavy mid-season yield. Excellent flavour,...

Glen Magna *new* Raspberry Bushes

Glen Magna *new* Raspberry Bushes

The fourth of our new raspberry introductions. Bred by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Glen Magna is a late summer season raspberry which has been recommended as an improved successor to the popular Leo. The...

Golden Everest Raspberry Bushes

Golden Everest Raspberry Bushes

The original mid-season yellow raspberry. A good yield of sweet, golden berries, freezes exceptionally well, making a delicious delicacy for that special occasion, as all yellow raspberries are rather special....

Heritage Raspberry Bushes

Heritage Raspberry Bushes

One of the heaviest autumn crops with exceptional flavour, vigorous, sturdy canes and the bright red berries are excellent for all purposes. A few days later cropping than the other autumn varieties....

Introducing Octavia - The New August Conqueror Raspberry Bushes

Introducing Octavia - The New August Conqueror Raspberry Bushes

The outstanding qualities of Octavia lead to it being selected by HRI East Malling for introduction, having distinguished itself from amongst rival new trial varieties. Octavia produces the majority of its yield through August, effectively...

Julia *new* Raspberry Bushes

Julia *new* Raspberry Bushes

Julia is a new mid-season variety raised by H.R.I. East Malling and is a superb addition to our list of varieties. Cropping about a week later than Glen Moy, the yield is very high, outyielding...

Malling Admiral Raspberry Bushes

Malling Admiral Raspberry Bushes

A mid/late season variety with firm, large fruit of delicious flavour. Bright, dark red fruit of superb quality for freezing, jam and dessert. Canes are strong and numerous and have resistance to Spur Blight, cane...

Malling Orion Raspberry Bushes

Malling Orion Raspberry Bushes

Re-introduced by popular request. a heavy cropping mid-season variety with medium sized, firm, round fruits. Excellent flavour....

Malling Promise Raspberry Bushes

Malling Promise Raspberry Bushes

The first raspberry to fruit in early summer. The large, rosy red fruits are excellent for dessert or jam etc. and the canes are abundant and vigorous. A very popular variety that will also thrive...

Purple Raspberry Glencoe Raspberry Bushes

Purple Raspberry Glencoe Raspberry Bushes

A variety raised by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. It is a hybrid from Glen Prosen and an unnamed thornless black raspberry and the result has given us some thing rather special. Glencoe is remarkable...

September Raspberry Bushes

September Raspberry Bushes

A good crop of firm, quality fruit with superb flavour. Fruits in early September and gives a consistent yield until first frosts. This variety is more tolerant of dry conditions, still producing large, juicy berries....