[NAFEX] Black/Red Raspberry Question
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Thu Jul 2 10:20:12 EDT 2009
What I have heard is that one color hosts viral diseases that will kill
Maybe this isn't so in your area. (Maybe it isn't so in mine either;
maybe it's just that wild blackcaps hosts diseases that will kill
domestic reds -- I'm not sure. But that is the reason that I've heard.)
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
On Jul 2, 2009, at 9:46 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> 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
> black raspberries and red raspberries shouldn't be planted close to
> other; why is that?"
> I'm still wondering. Who could have possibly started/spread that
> 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
> 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
> Please; would you venture a guess?
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