CASCADE GOLD

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CASCADE GOLD

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(June bearing) We’re proud of our cane berries here in the Pacific Northwest, and Cascade Gold is a true treasure of a raspberry! These peachy-yellow berries were bred by Washington State University and the USDA. The result is the most gorgeous, delectable, flavorful berries. The plants show good disease resistance and produce very generously with one big summer flush.

Raspberries are 1 year old and ship March/beginning of April in 3 ½ inch pots. Order early for best availability. Detailed planting information and growing instructions are included with each order and may be obtained below. Available only in the contiguous US.

PLANT

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Plant Spacing 2–3'
Plant height 4–6'
Hardiness Zone 4-9
Bearing Age 2 years
Ripening Time Summer
Pollinator Required No

Rubus idaeus The versatile fruit of the raspberry is a real tasty treat whether eaten with your morning cereal, on top of your favorite cheesecake, or maybe best of all, by itself with just a bit of added sugar or stevia.

Site Selection
Choose a site that has full sunlight and fertile, loamy soils. Raspberries require good drainage, so avoid waterlogged areas. If the site has a drainage problem plant on a ridge or raised bed. It’s best to avoid a location where tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, or potatoes have been planted within the last 3 years.

Site Preparation
Prepare your planting site in early spring. The soil pH should be between 5.8 and 6.5. Choose a site with high organic content or add compost before planting. Work the soil to a depth of about 8 inches.

Planting
Prepare your soil and plant as early as spring permits. Plant spacing is 2-3 feet apart within the row and at least 5 feet between rows. Proper planting depth is 1-2 inches lower than the nursery soil line (dark brown line on cane). Dig holes that are large enough to prevent roots from crowding together. Place roots in hole and fill with soil. Pack firmly for good root and soil contact. Water the plants in well. Trellising your plants helps keep them manageable and healthy.

Fertillizer
Apply ½ cup of Territorial’s Complete Fertilizer to each hole at planting time. Subsequent years, ¼ pound of Territorial’s Complete around each plant in the spring (before growth starts) and again in May. Maintain good weed control. If using mechanical weed control do not work soil very deeply as raspberry roots are shallow.

Pruning
Pruning has a major impact on the production of quality raspberry fruit. It will affect growth rate, fruit number, size, and disease susceptibility. There are 2 types of plants: Summer-bearing and ever-bearing. The canes of both types are biennial, dying after their second year of growth. Summer bearing types will not fruit until the second year, so first year canes just produce leaves, and will bloom and fruit the following summer. Ever-bearing types will produce a heavy crop of fruit on first-year canes near the end of the season and another, lighter crop on the same canes the following summer.

Summer Bearing
Will produce fruit the second year, so first year canes just produce leaves. After harvesting the fruit, cut those canes all the way to the ground. Any weak or damaged canes can be removed as well. Thin the remaining canes, leaving the largest and sturdiest ones to produce.

Soil Type
Raspberries prefer moist, slightly acidic (approximately 5.6-6.2 pH), well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Peat moss, sawdust and composted oak leaves are good amendments to add humus and lower the pH of the soil.

Pests & Diseases

Cover plants with Bird Block Netting if birds are a problem, otherwise raspberries are generally pest and disease free.

Pollination
Raspberries are self-fertile

Light Requirements
Full sun