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'Rubus' Fall Gold Raspberry General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: In spring, prune Fall Gold Raspberry canes to encourage new growth and improve air circulation within the plant. Unlike some raspberry varieties, Fall Gold raspberries produce fruit on second-year canes, so it's essential to distinguish between new and old growth when pruning. Apply a balanced fertilizer with higher nitrogen content to support healthy foliage development and fruit production. Water consistently during the growing season, especially during dry spells, to ensure adequate hydration for the plants.


Summer: Throughout the summer months, continue regular watering to support fruit development and prevent the soil from drying out. Mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep an eye out for common raspberry pests such as aphids, Japanese beetles, or raspberry cane borers. Regularly inspect the foliage and fruit for signs of infestation, and take appropriate measures for control if necessary.


Fall: As fall approaches, reduce watering frequency as the plants prepare for dormancy. Fall Gold raspberries are known for their late-season harvest, producing sweet and flavorful berries from late summer through fall. Harvest ripe berries promptly to prevent overripening and attract pests. Additionally, consider thinning out crowded canes to improve air circulation and reduce the risk of disease.


Winter: Protect Fall Gold raspberry plants from freezing temperatures by applying a thick layer of mulch around the base of the plants. While Fall Gold raspberries are generally hardy, providing extra insulation can help prevent frost damage to the roots. Avoid heavy pruning during winter, as this can stimulate new growth vulnerable to frost. Instead, wait until early spring to prune, removing any damaged or dead canes and shaping the plants for the upcoming growing season. Monitor for signs of winter injury, such as cane dieback or frost damage, and address them as needed in early spring.

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