Raspberry Growing Guide

Rubus idaeus


Crop Rotation Group



Rich soil with compost dug in. pH of 6 preferred.


Sunny position.

Frost tolerant



Not usually required.


Single Plants: 70cm (2' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in winter to help them establish.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


After harvesting cut the canes down to ground level, leaving any new shoots.


Harvest fruit when ripe. Can protect with netting if birds are eating them but make sure that the plant doesn't grow through the netting making it difficult to remove.


In Australia fruit fly are a pest of raspberries, make sure to take appropriate control measures in areas where they are present. It is important to dispose of any infected fruit and fruit has fallen to the ground by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun for at least 7 days to kill the eggs and larvae. Do not compost fruit as this will lead to the fruit fly completing their life cycle and lead to the problem recurring.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Raspberry