Raspberry Growing Guide

Sweet juicy raspberries are simply delicious and easy to grow at home. Create a berry patch full of bright, colourful berries with our simple guide below.

Prepare

Raspberries are an ideal home plant for most temperature areas of New Zealand.

Early or mid-season ripening fruit varieties are usually the best bet to avoid berries coming on in the beginning of winter.

To ensure success, it is best to buy plants from a garden centre to establish the desirable characteristics.

Plant

Berries require a position in full sun to thrive - no sun equals little or no flavour.

Raspberries are a tall plant so choose an area in your garden away from strong winds, up against a fence on a north facing wall is a good option. A simple tee pee or pyramid system made from 3-5 straight branches is effective. Stakes, bamboo canes and trellis can be used as well.

The better the soil, the better your berries will grow. If you are starting with an existing garden bed dig in organic matter like sheep pellets and compost to your soil. Then you can add a layer of Tui Strawberry Mix, a high quality planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your berries with the best possible start and sustained growth throughout the season. Check plant labels for individual planting instructions.

The best times to plant are early in the morning or late in the day, so the plants aren’t exposed to the hot sun straight away.

Nourish

Feed your berries and they will feed you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow, so replenishing the nutrients ensures your plants grow to their full potential.


Prune in winter to remove all wood, keeping 6-8 new seasons canes for the current season’s crop.
Birds love juicy raspberries, to avoid them stealing yours, put up netting to protect your raspberries once they start fruiting.
It pays to take good care of a raspberry bush, as the best brambles can survive in a garden for 20 years or more. Think how many ruby-red jars of jam that will make!