Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Raspberry Floricanes STAGE 2: Not Those, But These


As promised, we do have a raspberry update (Click here to catch up).  Unfortunately, the bed we amended will take until next year to begin producing fruit when the primocanes die off and grow back as floricanes.  Nevertheless, year two is already underway with these babies and we should see some juicy red raspberries in no time at all.  Here's what we've got so far...

These floricanes have started to produce green leaves, which is a sign of the fruit to come.

Getting closer you can see how the leaves look almost like herbs or tea leaves and are soft to the touch.

The canes are wood-like and prickly, similar to roses.  It turns out that raspberries are a member of the rose family, Rosaceae.  While this was a good guess on our part, we had no idea that apples, cherries, strawberries and peaches were also edible fruits of the Rosaceae family. 

Digging even further on the other side, we found the true gems.  These floricanes were beginning to flower and these little white raspberry skeleton looking things were the final step between us and delicious raspberries.

The fruits are starting to form and these white buds will eventually bare a deep red raspberry.

Raspberries can spread like crazy and love to take over if you don't keep an eye on them.  Although raspberries are great to eat, you don't want them dominating your property; big unpruned bushes may not even yield fruit.  They are very susceptible to disease which can lead to many problems not only for your raspberries, but other plants nearby as well.  The best way to care for them is to keep watch, prune them and constantly remove any funky looking canes that may be diseased.  Other than that, just enjoy the deliciousness.


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