About Raspberry Autumn Bliss 5's
An excellent British bred primocane variety, without a doubt, one of the best and most reliable autumn fruiting varieties. Bliss is a heavy cropper from late August through until the first frosts with the highest yield coming in September. The attractive berries are large with a firm texture, and the flavour is excellent. The fruit is mid-dark red in colour and has good keeping qualities. The short, erect, spiny cane are sturdy and need only minimal support. Bliss has good disease resistance to Root Rot. Primocane variety –produces fruit on the first years growth.
- Self fertile
- Planting Distance 45m apart
- Height & Spread 80cm x 50cm
- Crops July/ August
An ideal fruit to grow in a container or small garden, the raspberry is a British classic. The autumn bliss is a hardy and easy to grow variety that produces fruit from August to October, great for new growers and expert cooks alike. Thick woody stems produce light green serrated leaves and dangling clusters of wine-red fruit. A great and refreshing fruit that goes well with yogurt, ice cream or on its own the sweet juice of the raspberry goes amazing well with lemonade or if crushed up with gin and tonic water.
How to look after your raspberries
Raspberries prefer moist, well-drained soil in full sun, or light shade. Feed with a liquid fertilizer once in the spring to encourage a good yield. Repot every 2-3 years into the same pot or slightly larger. Trim back some of the roots and tease away the old soil replacing it with fresh compost. Trim twice-yearly and in July, trim all new side shoots to 5 leaves. In winter, cut back main stems by half and any side shoots back to 2 buds. Any stems that are damaged, dead or out of place can also be removed.
How do you harvest raspberries?
Raspberries can be picked in early to mid-summer, the plant will produce small white or pink flowers that will soon fall off to reveal the young fruit. Over the next few months, the fruit will grow inside and change from green to black. Once the whole fruit has gone wine-red you can harvest the fruit by pinching it and twisting it off the stem. Avoid pulling the fruit as it may not come off completely.
How do you store raspberries?
Once picked a raspberry will not last long. If you want to preserve your fruits for longer you can either blend the fruits into a thick juice which you can freeze or freeze whole fruits in an airtight b