Botanical Name: Rubus occidentalis 'Caroline'; Family: Rosaceae (RoseFamily)
Height: 4 - 6 feet.
Spacing: 3 feet.
Depth: Same depth as they were in the nursery.
Spread: 4 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade.
Yield: Excellent yields.
Foliage: Deep green foliage.
Fruit: Large, round, firm, juicy, red berries. Everbearing, producing one crop in early Summer and one crop in the Fall.
Form: Upright canes.
Soil Requirements: Organic, well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy loam soil.
Growth Rate: Fast growth rate.
Pruning: Thin fruiting canes in late Winter or early Spring before they start to grow. Remove all weak canes and thin the strong canes so they are 4 - 6 inches apart over the width of the row; narrow rows if necessary to 15 - 18 inches wide.
Comments: This is THE standard for all red raspberries. Produces the largest berries of all Fall-bearing types. Productivity is very high, (plants are loaded with berries). The plants are very adaptable. Suited well for the South, where berries ripen as early as June. Tolerant to root rot. Plant Patent 10412. If planted in heavy soil, add peat moss, dehydrated cow manure, or compost. Hold plant in the hole, spread roots, plant crown 1 inch below soil; Fill 1/2 way; compact soil; complete filling; compact soil; water well. Susceptible to verticillium wilt. Do not plant where tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant or peppers have been grown in the past 3 - 4 years. Plant as far away from these vegetables if growing them. Can train to trellis. Berries are ready to pick when they separate easily from the stems. Birds will eat the berries. RESTRICTED STATES, AE, AK, GU, HI, PR.
Ever-bearing Caroline Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis 'Caroline') canes produce an abundance of large, succulent berries twice per year, with a harvest in both spring and fall. These prolific plants are adaptable to many climates and with minimal care will produce a bounty of berries.
Plant your Caroline raspberries in well-drained organic, loamy soil in an area of full sun to partial shade. Place the upright canes with the crown about 1 inch below the soil level and 3 feet apart. These low maintenance, robust plants are hardy in zones 4 to 9 and have a high resistance to gray mold and are tolerant to root rot. Thin the canes in the spring, selecting for sturdiness. Caroline raspberry canes reach about 4 to 6 feet high and can be trained to grow on a trellis, making them an attractive garden addition. Once established, the plants are self pollinating.
Sweet and juicy, the flavor of freshly picked, sun-warmed raspberries is intoxicating. A delicious snack and a welcome addition to every meal, the large, firm, richly flavored berries brighten the table with their rich ruby red color. Enjoy them by themselves, drench them in sweet cream or add them to salads and desserts. Freeze these sun kissed beauties or craft homemade jam to enjoy a taste of summer's bounty in the winter months.
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