[NAFEX] ground cover raspberries
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Sat Apr 30 20:39:43 EDT 2005
They are several selections of Rubus x stellarcticus bred in Sweden by
Professor Gunny Larsson. She crossed two Arctic Rubus, R. arcticus
and R. stellatus. I've grown them. They are technically a blackberry,
in spite of the color of the fruit, because the berries stick to the
core. They are self-sterile, so if you want them as a pure ornamental,
plant only one selection. They like very well drained soil, though you
can do that with a raised bed. They spread by underground roots. In
the arctic they take three years - first year the roots spread. Second
year the buds form just below the soil line. Third year the shoots
come up, bear, and die back. In warmer areas, they take only two
years, or even one. Fruit is quite aromatic, but tart. Get used to a
lot of kneeling to pick them, though. The lavender flowers are
really nice in the spring.
As the patch ages, the original plants may need to be cleaned out and
new material planted as the oldest plants die out, while the "leading
edge" of the patch keeps moving out. They are by no means invasive
because they are very easy to dig out, but they do keep moving.
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Apr 30, 2005, at 5:26 PM, list at ginda.us wrote:
Has anyone tried the "ground cover raspberries" that Hartmann's is
selling? They advertise them as hardy in zones 1-8 (yes, in the
arctic), 6-8 inches high, and good for erosion control on exposed sunny
They sound interesting.
eastern MA, zone 6
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