Tuesday 12 March 2024

Who Says Raspberries Don’t Grow On Trees!

Who says raspberries don’t grow on trees! 

Dobies have very kindly sent me a Rubus 'Hararasp' (Raspberry Tree)

They come in a selection of numbers and size at the time of this post the prices are 

1 x 9cm Potted Plant £13.99

2 x 9cm Potted Plants £19.99

1 x 5 litre Potted Plant £34.99

1 x 5 litre Potted Plant (Standard) £39.99

2 x 5 Litre Potted Plants £59.99

This miraculous space-saving raspberry tree has been developed by an ingenious breeder from Japan named Toshikhiko Hara. His groundbreaking new raspberry develops thick overwintering stems which are trained to form upright ‘trees’ with a strong, central trunk supporting a crown of fruiting branches.

Instead of rows of sprawling raspberry canes which need space, support and tying in, you can now enjoy this neat ‘Hararasp' raspberry. With its small footprint, it can easily be accommodated in a sunny spot where it will make both an attractive and edible feature. From April to May it is covered in white blossom followed in May and June by an abundance of tasty fruit which is easily reached for harvesting.

The fruit is unusually attractive, as unlike the dull fruit of other raspberries, ‘Hararasp’ bears especially glossy and shiny berries. ‘Hararasp’ is also a disease-resistant Florican-type, with excellent tolerance to heat and drought plus early fruit ripening and a long harvest period. Maximum height: 175cm (69in). Maximum spread:100cm (40in).

Pruning advice: You can prune this plant to be like a summer raspberry if prefered. By cutting the branches you can reshape the plant to suit your prefered shape and growth. Without pruning this plant will naturally form a small tree-like shrub which will bear fruit year on year. An easy to care for raspberry variant.

My Rubus 'Hararasp' (Raspberry Tree). Arrived on Saturday and came well packed. The green stick had a bearing plate on the end to stop the 9cm plot from floating up and down the cardboard box during mishandling by the couriers.  

The plant and pot were well wrapped and I suspect it would have survived even it it has been stood upside down.

I transplanted the plant as soon as possible and gave it a drink. 

The following morning it's looking a happy little plant, and I cant waif for it to grow and provide fruit. This Raspberry Tree may not make it to the allotment It may stay in the back garden, as I have five different varieties of Raspberries on the plot.  

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