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    Default Your favorite Summer raspberry variety ?

    Greetings all

    Lots of threads on rasberries but not much on favorites. I want to order a Summer fruiting type, with large(ish) berries, and a very good sweet taste.

    I have good sun in the morning but afternoons are in shade from a big tree nearby

    Would love to hear from anyone who has had rasberries for several years.

    I've become a tad disillusioned with the 'write ups' given in the fruit growers catalogues

    All your thoughts most welcome
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    As I mentioned on another thread last week: I've tried lots of raspberry varieties over the last 10-15 years and the only ones which remain alive are Autumn Bliss and Fallgold.

    Mother nature made the choice for me.
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    Losos, I've added "summer" to your thread title as you're not interested in Autumn ones - more about them at https://www.growfruitandveg.co.uk/gr...n-j_98105.html

    I prefer Autumn ones myself and they crop for months, taking over when the strawberries finish.
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    Again, I have autumn ones and cut the old canes down after the Spring crop. The Autumn crop is a little later then on the new canes. Fed well and looked after, you get a good crop of delicious raspberries in both Spring and Autumn. I've got both Joan J and Autumn Bliss and both do well with big berries. One has smooth canes and the other prickly but I don't know which is which. They do tend to send a lot of runners out of the row so need some work containing them. Might mean something when first 3 commentators prefer Autumn varieties.

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    FB - Thanks, at some point in the future I may (possibly) try Autumn varities
    VC - Thanks for that link and also for modifying the title
    Mark - Made me smile when you said all posters (so far) prefer Autumn varieties

    I tried a Primocane blackberry (Reuben) and was disappointed so wanted to go back to good old 'standard' types, cut the old canes down in Autumn leave the new canes for next season. At my time of life I prefer the simple things, can't be doing with two crops a year and all that stuff
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    Re pruning, I think Autumn raspberries are easier than summer as you cut out all the fruited canes in winter and they grow new ones to fruit in autumn.
    Summer ones are fiddly because you'll have both old and new canes on the plant at the same time and have to choose which ones to leave for next year.
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    Raspberry beetle becoming a pain here on my summer ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Summer ones are fiddly because you'll have both old and new canes on the plant at the same time and have to choose which ones to leave for next year.
    Yes, that is a good point, to be honest I would like an extended season but I'll need to make some room somewhere for Autumn variety and right now I don't have that space.

    I assume you'll agree that growing summer & autumn varieties in the same trench is NOT a good idea, I imagine it could be a nightmare when it comes to cutting back

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