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Raspberries
Modern varieties

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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*autumn Bliss Raspberry Bushes

*autumn Bliss Raspberry Bushes

A new, autumn fruiting raspberry, raised by East Malling Research Station. A very heavy cropping variety. It fruits earlier from August to late September with high quality berries and a good flavour. The canes are...

*glen Prosen Raspberry Bushes

*glen Prosen Raspberry Bushes

A new mid-late season variety raised by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. With Malling Jewel and Lloyd. George among its parents, as is to he expected, the flavour is very good. The canes are moderate...

*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 Lyon Raspberry Bushes

Glen Lyon Raspberry Bushes

A new mid-season variety with good compact spine free growth that is very easy to manage. The medium sized fruits are firm with a lovely tangy flavour and have excellent keeping qualities. They will keep...

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...

Glen Moy Raspberry Bushes

Glen Moy Raspberry Bushes

A new, very heavy cropping variety, Glen Moy is an early variety raised from a cross between Glen Clova, Lloyd George and Malling Landmark. The canes are numerous, completely spine free and erect, making picking...

Glen Rosa *new* Raspberry Bushes

Glen Rosa *new* Raspberry Bushes

New from the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Glen Rosa is an exceptionally hardy mid-season variety, cropping one week later than the standard variety Glen Clova. The yields have been very heavy in official trials, consistently...

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...

Joan Squire Raspberry Bushes

Joan Squire Raspberry Bushes

Bred by Medway Fruits, Joan Squire is a new Autumn fruiting Raspberry which can be cropped twice during one year. The main picking period is during September, but the lower portion of the overwintered canes...

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 Delight Raspberry Bushes

Malling Delight Raspberry Bushes

An early mid-season variety with very large, long fruits which are easily picked. Once the heaviest crop of all varieties. Aphid resistant so tends to escape virus disease. A good flavoured dessert variety with pleasing...

Polka - A New Hardy Polish Raised Autumn Fruiting Raspberry

Polka - A New Hardy Polish Raised Autumn Fruiting Raspberry

A variety which has already excited considerable interest amongst experts across Europe with its long list of enviable characteristics. The extraordinary long picking season starts up to 10 days earlier than Autumn Bliss yet continues...

Tulameen Raspberry Bushes

Tulameen Raspberry Bushes

A new late Summer Season variety from Canada which begins ripening in early July but goes on for up to 6 weeks. Very large dark pink glossy berries are produced on long laterals for easy...