Let’s Grow Some Raspberries in 2020

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The blackberry is the king of the brambles, the thorny legend of which blackberry pies are made. However, let’s don’t get so enamored of blackberries that we forget about the not-so-distant cousin, the raspberry. Although not as famous and not as large, raspberries can hold their own in the flavor department. There’s nothing any more refreshing than picking off a ripe raspberry and popping it in your mouth. Ask any southern kid who’s grown up in the country. Just getting to them before the birds ate them all was a victory in itself!

Today’s raspberries are a different story. They’re still thorny but the berries are larger and the flavor has come a long way. The new introduction from Cornell University, Double Gold is a raspberry for the twenty first century. Unlike the common black, red and yellow raspberries, Double Gold has a deeply blushed champagne colored conical fruit that is very sweet and flavorful. It has a dash of pink on its skin that makes it different from all of the other raspberries.

It is considered to be an ever-bearing raspberry which means it bears in the summer and again in the fall, giving the gardener two separate harvests. When planted in the spring, it will bear its first crop in the fall around September. Those berries grow on the tips of the cane from the primocanes. The following summer, the first crop will be harvested from the floricanes which are lower down on the plant. Then a fall crop will grow on the tips of the cane.

Double Gold has a delicate skin which makes it unsuitable for commercial harvests but it makes a perfect plant for the home gardener. Double Gold is phytopthera root rot resistant and is also resistant to many leaf diseases. As long as it is trellised and grown in full sun with well-drained soil, Double Gold raspberry should be problem free.

This raspberry is available at Extension’s annual Small Fruit Plant Sale that is going on through the end of February, 2020. You can order this plant along with many other fruit plants and trees by calling our office at 828-764-9480.