[NAFEX] Black/Red Raspberry Question

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Thu Jul 2 10:07:10 EDT 2009


Jim, I think the reason is that black raspberries are more likely to
become infected with viruses and so the advice to not plant them near
red raspberries, which may become infected. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul,
Minn. (USDA Zone 4b)


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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jim Fruth
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:46 AM
To: NAFEX
Subject: [NAFEX] Black/Red Raspberry Question



    As many of you know, I sell black raspberry plants.  We've all heard
of 
frequently asked questions and the one I hear most often is, "I heard
that 
black raspberries and red raspberries shouldn't be planted close to each

other; why is that?"

    I'm still wondering.  Who could have possibly started/spread that
rumor 
and why?

    What I tell customers is, "If you are going to plant bird-planted 
seedlings, you could get black/red crossed plants."  I test most of my 
seedlings and occasionally one yields purple fruit but I can't see how
that 
might be a problem with most people.

    One other possibility is that cane borer infestations are less
likely to 
be noticed among reds because of the multitude of canes and could become
a 
problem in the blacks (blacks typically have fewer canes).

    None of my customers could tell from whom they heard the rumor or
why. 
Please; would you venture a guess?

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Farm
Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
For jams, jellies, syrups and more:
www.jellygal.com
1-877-265-6856 (Toll Free)
1-218-831-7018 (My Cell) 

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