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'Rubus' Royalty Purple Raspberry General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

 

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Spring: In spring, examine the Royalty Purple Raspberry bushes for any winter damage and prune out any dead or damaged canes. This encourages healthy new growth and promotes better air circulation within the plant. Apply a balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients for robust growth and fruit development. Water the plants deeply but infrequently, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged.

 

Summer: During the summer months, continue to water the Royalty Purple Raspberry bushes regularly, especially during dry spells, to support fruit development. Mulch around the base of the plants with organic material such as straw or wood chips to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a more consistent soil temperature. Keep an eye out for pests like aphids, Japanese beetles, and raspberry cane borers, and take appropriate measures to control them if necessary.

 

Fall: As fall approaches, gradually reduce watering as the plants prepare for dormancy. After the final harvest, prune out the spent canes that have produced fruit, as they will not bear fruit again. This helps to promote new growth for the following season and reduces the risk of disease. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to protect the roots during the colder months and conserve soil moisture.

 

Winter: Protect Royalty Purple Raspberry plants from harsh winter conditions by providing a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to insulate the roots. While these raspberries are generally hardy, providing extra protection can help young plants survive extreme cold. Avoid heavy pruning during winter to prevent damage to the canes. Instead, wait until early spring to assess any winter damage and prune accordingly.

 

Tips: Royalty Purple Raspberries are known for their deliciously sweet and tangy flavor, making them a favorite among raspberry enthusiasts. They thrive in well-drained soil and full sun but can tolerate partial shade. When harvesting, gently twist the ripe berries off the stem to avoid damaging the plant. Regularly monitor for signs of pests and diseases, such as powdery mildew or raspberry rust, and address them promptly with appropriate treatments. With proper care, Royalty Purple Raspberries can provide abundant harvests of flavorful berries for years to come.