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20-40cm 'Malling Minerva' Raspberry Bush | 3L Pot

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The best early season variety around

'Malling Minerva' is heavy cropping, reliable early season rasberry which produces good sized, excellent-tasting firm fruit in abundance. It’s regular crops of 3.75kg make it, in our opinion, the best early season variety around.

It is a spike free floricane raspberry with a very compact, erect habit making it a very easy job to harvest. The fruit itself is of good colour and uniform with firm flesh and a real classic raspberry flavour. The plant is easy to grow, hardy and carries an excellent resistance to disease and pests. The fruits store incredibly well and the taste lends itself superbly to jam making, and there is plenty of jam top be made!

Variety Information

  • Harvesting Period: Summer
  • Estimated Time to Best Yields: 2 Years
  • Uses: Eating Fresh, Jam-Making, Cooking
  • Supplied As: 3L Pot
  • Height on Arrival: 20cm (8 Inches)
  • Planting Distance: 40-60cm
  • Eventual Height & Spread: 1.5m x 1.2m (5 x 4ft)
It is important to water your newly-planted raspberries or blackberries on a frequent basis (at least bimonthly for two months). You should also ensure adequate spacing (40 - 60cm) between each bush.

    • With bare root plants, you should soak their roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with potted plants, you should drench their rootball.
    • If you are planting a bare root plant, dig a hole so that their first roots are no more than 2 inches below the ground.
    • If you are planting a containerised plant, make sure that the pot sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
    Please see below for our planting guidance:

  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, provide your plant with a good watering.
  • Add mulch on top (whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones). Try to keep the mulch from touching the stem.
  • Blackberry and raspberry bushes are wonderful for the beginner grower. Below we address some common query topics:

    • Hardiness: Native to the UK, your blackberry or raspberry plant is well accustomed to the milder climate.
    • Position: Planting in full sun is always recommended, however they still tolerate light shade.
    • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your plant’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease.
    More Information
    Colour Test Sand
    Harvesting Period Early Season Fruit Trees, Mid Season Fruit Trees
    Common Name Raspberry
    Features Fruiting Plants For Shade
    Harvest Month June, July, August
    Is Collection/Mix? No
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
    Species Raspberry Canes, Soft Fruit Plants
    Time To Cropping 1 Year
    Type Raspberry
    Uses Fruiting Plants Suitable For Eating Fresh
    Colour Sand
    Eventual Height 1m-2m
    Eventual Spread 1m-2m
    Pollination Group Self-Fertile
    Annual Rate Of Growth Fast Growing
    Supplied As 3L Pot
    Supplied As 2L-3L Pot
    Type Soft Fruit Plants
    Shop By Category Soft Fruit Plants