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Prelude Raspberry

Summer's First Sweet Berries!

If you simply cannot wait for those first raspberries of the summer, Prelude is for you! Berries ripen earlier than any standard variety (mid June), and bear a smaller crop again in the fall. Rich coral-red colored berries are sugary sweet and bursting with juice, yet are firm enough to hold up for processing. Plants are hardy and vigorous, with very few thorns and fruit spaced openly for ease of picking. Easy to maintain and disease resistant—just enjoy tons of sun-sweetened berries each summer. Plants grow 4-6 ft. tall with a 5 ft. spread. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Zones 4-8. U.S. Patent No.11747.
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  • $12.99
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Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus var. 'Prelude' PP11747
  • Height: 4-6 feet.
  • Spacing: 3 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same as in the nursery with roots below soil level.
  • Spread: 5 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial sun.
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating
  • Yield: 1-2 quarts
  • Color: White
  • Foliage: Medium green foliage.
  • Blooms: June
  • Fruit: Conic, 1 inch, 1.2 grams deep red berries.
  • Zone: 4-8
  • Form: Upright
  • Flower Form: Small flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Organic, well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy loam.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate 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.
  • Size: 1/4-1/2 inch blossoms.
  • 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 at soil level. Prune dormant bareroot to 2 inches. 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 feet. Needs supporting due to large crops of berries.

Shipping

Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

2019 Spring Shipping Schedule
ZONE All Other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/5/19 - 6/21/19
4B 5/5/19 - 6/21/19
5A 4/1/19 - 6/21/19
5B 3/18/19 - 6/21/19
6A 3/11/19 - 6/21/19
6B 3/4/19 - 6/21/19
7A 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
7B 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
8A & B 2/19/19 - 6/21/19
9A & B 2/19/19 - 6/21/19
10A & B 2/11/19 - 6/21/19
Last Order Date 1A-7B: 6/17/19
8A-10B: 5/20/19

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Please note that we cannot ship outside the 48 contiguous states.

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