Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus var. "Prelude" Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Height: 4-6 ft
Spacing: 3 ft
Depth: same as in the nursery
Spread: 5 ft
Sun/Shade: Full/part sun
Yield: 1-2 quarts
Color: White Flowers
Foliage: Medium green
Fruit: Conic, 1 inch, 2.2 grams, deep red berries
Soil Requirements: Organic, well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy loam
Growth Rate: own
Pruning: In late winter, early spring, prune and thin your raspberry plants. Any time of the year, you can prune out dead or diseased canes.
Size: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Comments: Matures seven days earlier than standard early season varieties, in late june and early july vigorous plants sucker freely. Fruit is easy to harvest. Prelude also bears fruit on primocaines in the fall. Good disease resistance. Sparse thorns.Planting: in heavy clay, add 1/3 to 1/2 sand and 1/3 compost or composted manure crown should be at soil level. Prune dormant bareroot to 2". If the plant is potted, no pruning is necessary when planting. Growth: produce on 1 year old stems. Remove old canes after they have produced making room for new canes. In summer, cut young canes back to 4-5 feet, keep laterals to 2-3 ft. needs supporting due to large crops and berries.
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