[NAFEX] Black/Red Raspberry Question
jimfruth at charter.net
Thu Jul 2 09:46:21 EDT 2009
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
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?
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