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  • From: Ginda Fisher <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Baba Raspberries
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 21:47:16 -0400

Don, I'm definitely not replacing the Fall Reds. They may not be the
most productive plants in the world, but they are doing very well. I
suspect they'd be more fruitful if they got a full day of full sun, so
it's not fair to compare them to other patches that do. (They get 6-8
hours of full sun, and light shade the rest of the day.) I'm not going
to get a quart a day, but the fall crop may be enough to make it inside.

I was wondering if I could find a spot for the baba. We traditionally
get temps below 0F, but not very often, and not for long. I have plenty
of oak leaves with which to mulch roots, and good wind protection. And
what with global warming, 0 may be less and less common. Do they bear
mostly on 1 or 2 year old canes? I'd have better luck with 1-year
canes, I suspect. (The 0 limit does mean it's not worth trying them at
my uncle's, in the catskills. It's too cold for poison ivy there, just

If you remind me in the spring when you're digging them up, I'll look
hard for a place to experiment with a bababerry.


Don Yellman wrote:
> Ginda: I put in 10 Baba plants, spaced at about 2 ft., so the row is
> close to 20 ft. long. As vigorously as they have grown and spread, I
> could have gotten by with 6 plants. Now that they have spread (actually
> under the fence and into the neighbor's yard --- they pick them too),
> the row has become 6 ft. wide in places. Too wide. And it won't stay
> that wide.
> I don't know if you noticed Mn. Del's note with the observation that
> Baba tolerates only down to 0 degrees F. That's fine for me here, but
> it might not work for you. It is possible that the high productivity of
> my patch (wife is still picking over a qt. per day) owes much to ideal
> conditions: enriched soil, full sun, and good rainfall this summer. If
> you are happy with your Fallreds, I certainly would not, under the
> circumstances, suggest replacing them with Baba. But if you can find a
> spot and want to experiment, I will certainly have enough plants, and
> don't mind a little trouble packing them up and sending them.
> Somehow, you need to get enough berries that you can't eat them all
> on your way back to the house. Then you can save them up in the freezer
> and make some raspberry jam. That is a product that really brings out
> the best of the raspberry.
> Rgds, Don Yellman Great Falls, VA

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