Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus var. "Prelude', Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Spacing: 3 ft
Depth: same as in the nursery
Sun/Shade: full /part sun
Yield: 1-2 quarts
Foliage: Medium green
Fruit: Conic, 1 inch, 1.2 grams deep red berries
Soil Requirements: Organic, well drained, slightly acidic, sandy loam
Growth Rate: own
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.
Size: 1/4-1/2 inch
Comments: Matures seven days earlier than standard early seanson 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 soil level. Prune dormant bareroot to 2". If the plant is potted, no pruning is necassary when planting. Growth: produce on 1 year old stems. Remove old canes after they have produced making room for the 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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