Considered one of the earliest ripening varieties, Prelude is a supremely delicious and easy to grow ever bearing raspberry. It has an erect, upright form and is very productive and fast growing. Expect a very early first crop in June or July, with a fall crop ripening from September until the first frost. This variety is good for fresh eating, baking and freezes well. It is known to be resistant to phytophthora root rot. Hardy to zone 4.
Primocane fruiting raspberries, commonly called Everbearing raspberries, produce flowers and fruit on first year canes. Primocane varieties will produce a moderate crop in June and a much larger crop from late August until frost. Primocane varieties can be mowed to the ground after harvest and require less trellising than June bearing varieties.
Floricane fruiting raspberries, or June-bearing, produce flowers and fruit on second year canes. Their fruit ripens in June or July, depending on the location and conditions. These varieties will require a permanent trellis or support to grow on.
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Latin Name: Rubus idaeus
Site and Soil: Raspberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 20° F or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Fruit Color: Red
Fruit Size: Medium
Size at Maturity: 6 ft. by 5 ft.
Bloom Time: Late Spring
Ripening Time: July & September
Pests & Diseases: Raspberries are generally free of insect and disease problems.
USDA Zone: 4-8