Whilst it may not be quite the time of year for you to be thinking about planting strawberry and raspberry plants, now really is the time to do so! If planted now strawberry plants will give you 50% better yield next summer than if you plant them in the spring. And raspberry canes planted now will have time to get properly established before the cold weather sets in and they will thank you for it.
There are two types of raspberry plants; summer fruiting and autumn fruiting. For a long period of harvesting it’s best to plant a few of both or try our full-season collection. Summer fruiting varieties will need supporting with a fence, wall or framework, unless you try the new dwarf patio variety, Ruby Beauty. Autumn fruiting varieties will normally not need a support. Although they tolerate shade raspberry plants prefer a good sunny spot in the garden in fertile, well drained soil. It’s best to mix in some organic matter such as compost or manure.
As with raspberries there are a few different varieties of strawberries; alpine strawberries which produce lots of small sweet berries, summer fruiting strawberries which produce heavy flushes of larger fruits in early and midsummer, and ‘ever-bearing’ strawberries which produce smaller flushes of fruits from early summer to early autumn. We also have a full-season collection of strawberries to make life even easier for you. Strawberries are best planted in spring or autumn in a sunny and sheltered position in fertile soil (mix in lots of organic matter to get a really good yield!).
When you plant them make sure to plant the crown at soil level, plant them too deeply and they could rot, too high and they can dry out and die.
If you are lacking in space in your vegetable garden or even just have a balcony you can easily plant strawberries in hanging baskets and containers. This also helps to keep away slugs and snails! Just be sure to keep an eye on the compost to make sure it doesn’t dry out.
One important thing to think about when planting both these fruits is that you will need access to harvest them. This is especially important with strawberries as you could end up trampling your fruits (something that we have learnt the hard way).