The Autumn red raspberry is one of the oldest varieties grown in Poland. It is valued for its taste and double cropping.
The strawberry-raspberry (Rubus illecebrosus Focke), also known as the Japanese raspberry, is a small shrub that reaches 60 cm in height. It exhibits beautiful, eye-catching white flowers, lovely, fresh-green leaves and bears large, intensely red fruit. Grown in a sufficiently large container, they can be an alluring balcony decoration.
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General description: The strawberry-raspberry, also known as the balloon berry or the Japanese raspberry, is a small shrub that reaches 60 cm in height, but usually grows to around30-40 cm tall. It’s characterized by a lovely, round habit. It’s worth mentioning that this is not in fact a cross between a strawberry and raspberry, but a separate species belonging to the Rosaceae family.
Flowers: The strawberry-raspberry has white flowers consisting of five petals. They are quite similar to those of the strawberry plant.
Blooming: This shrub blooms at the turn of June and July.
Leaves: The strawberry-raspberry shrub has pinnately compound leaves composed of 3-7 lanceolate leaflets with a serrated margin. Leaflets are 3-8 cm long.
Fruit: Fruit of the strawberry-raspberry ripen in August on the previous year’s stems. They are spherical and large, around 3-4 cm in diameter. They are similar in taste to mulberries. Thanks to the size and intense red colour of fruit, the strawberry-raspberry shrub is very decorative.
Cultivation requirements: The strawberry-raspberry can be grown in heavy as well as sandy soils. It needs a moist, well drained substrate. It should be planted in about 40 cm deep holes and the distance between seedlings should be around 0.5-1 m. It prefers sunny locations, although it tolerates semi- shades spots. The shrub sprawls out easily, so it can be used to create unformed, low hedges. When planted in a large container, it can decorate a balcony or terrace.
Care: More frequent watering is recommended in summer due to the plant’s sensitivity to drought. The strawberry-raspberry produces numerous root suckers, so it has expansive tendencies when not controlled.
Overwintering: The strawberry-raspberry should be protected for the winter, e.g. by thick agrotextiles. Protection should be removed come spring.
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- Fragrant flowers
- Fruit ripening
Yellow raspberries are gaining popularity due to their golden-yellow, sweet, tasty fruit. The Golden Queen cultivar is highly praised by growers thanks to its double cropping and lower susceptibility to pest attacks than other yellow cultivars.
The Black Jewel raspberry is a cultivar that bears very delicious, large, black fruit. It’s one of the most frost and disease resistant raspberries, especially immune to canker.