Here are some tips on growing delicious raspberries in your home garden.
Most raspberry canes for sale at local nurseries and garden centers have grown for one year and are called “one-year canes.” The best canes to buy are “two-year canes,” which produce more raspberries the very first year you plant them.
Depending where you live is important as red raspberries are the hardiest types and grow almost anywhere other berries grow. Black and purple raspberries need warmer weather because harsh winters can severely injure the plant or kill it. These would be suitable for areas with warmer temperatures.
Feed the raspberry plants in the spring with a quality fertilizer or top dress with compost. This will promote a healthy group of canes.
Prune raspberry canes back in the spring. The tops should be cut back about 4 or 5 inches to help stimulate the canes to branch out so more lateral shoots will develop. A greater harvest is reached with this pruning method.
Remove weak, small or thin canes. These canes will not flower or produce any fruit so there is no reason to allow them to grow. The stronger canes will be able to concentrate on producing more fruit.
Water raspberry plants thoroughly during the flowering and fruiting season.The blossoms or fruit can wither away if the canes do not receive enough water.
Freezer raspberry jam
1 ¾ cup crushed raspberries
4 cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ bottle liquid pectin
Place raspberries and sugar in large bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes so juices go through the sugar.
Combine ¾ cup water and liquid pectin in small pan, boil 1 minute stirring constantly.
Add to fruit mixture, stir 3 minutes.
Put jam into jars, cover, and then keep filled jars at room temperature for 24 hours. After 24 hours, place jars in freezer.