Raspberry Polka (Rubus idaeus) Fruit Bush 3ltr Pot
About Raspberry Polka 5's
Superb autumn fruiting variety bred in Poland. Renowned for the exceptional quality and consistency of its fruit producing berries with an average weight of over 6g! The large berries are conical in shape, medium red in colour with a superb sweet, aromatic flavour and an outstanding shelf life. The fruit ripens approximately ten days earlier than Autumn Bliss and continues until the first frosts, giving heavier cropping potential. The highest yield comes during August. The vigorous cane are virtually spine-free and havegood disease resistance.
- Self fertile
- Planting Distance 45cm 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 polka is a hardy and easy to grow variety that can produce two crops of fruit starting in July, 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
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