Raspberry 'Polka' Bush - Rubus Idaeus - 3L Pot
New Polish autumn fruiting variety that fruits on the new cane. Vigorous and very heavy cropping. Delicious fresh or when used in summer puddings, fruit salads, jams or purée with yoghurt or ice-cream. Freezes well.
- Flower Colour: white/pale green
- Foliage Colour: green
- Approx. Growth Height: 1.5m
- Approx. Spread: 50cm - 1m
- Comes in a: 3L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Shrub is approx. 3 years old
- Harvesting Period: late summer, autumn
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: upright canes grow each year from subterranean roots, fruit is then borne on the upper sections in autumn before dying back
- Self pollinating: yes
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams/preserves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: sheltered
- Rate of Growth: max. height after 5 years
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy
- Moisture: moist but well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
Water around 1 inch a week. Remove any weeds or rocks and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter.
Raspberry bushes prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 5.8 - 6.5 is ideal. They can tolerate light shade conditions, but will be more productive in a sunny and sheltered site.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.
Ideally, you should plant your raspberry bush between November and March.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.