[NAFEX] ground cover raspberries

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Sat Apr 30 20:52:29 EDT 2005

If you cleaned out the middle and rejuvenated the soil, would they creep
back inward?  


I've done similar with mushroom and strawberry patches.  The outward
movement is due to depletion of nutrients in the older parts of the beds.
With fresh, attractive, soil, the plants/fungi move back in.   With mushroom
beds, a circle does form, and it's just a matter of tilling in whatever type
of organic matter the particular fungi likes.  With strawberry beds, I
tilled half of each wide bed (alternating sides by year) and the beds kept
themselves young, healthful, and fruitful.  Got fruit much faster by letting
the beds replant themselves with runners than by setting out 'new' plants.


Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.

USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8, 

Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate


From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lon J. Rombough
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2005 5:40 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] ground cover raspberries


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.
-Lon Rombough
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:

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