Rubus idaeus 'Heritage'
Overall Description'Heritage' is an upright, self pollinating, thorny shrub which does not require staking or support. An everbearing raspberry: meaning it produces two crops on each cane ( unless pruned otherwise ): an autumn crop on the top 1/3 of the cane and a second crop the following summer (June) on the bottom 2/3 of the cane. Clusters of white, 5-petaled, rose-like flowers give way to red raspberries of excellent eating quality.
Heritage will adapt to a variety of soils, preferring those that are reasonably
fertile with organic matter, with adequate but not excessive moisture. Most do well in sun,
but a few prefer light shade. Raised beds should be considered in areas with heavy clay soils.
Prune out fruiting canes in summer immediately after fruiting. Pruning is essential in order to keep plants well-maintained, and producing berries at maximum potential. It is
generally best to prune out old canes as soon as fruiting is over for
purposes of encouraging the production of new canes. The more canes..........the more fruit!! Raspberry roots
are perennial but the leaf / fruit bearing canes are biennial - Meaning each
cane lives for two growing seasons before dying.
Small flowers are produced in mid spring, and are a white color, with an occasional pinkish tinge. Fruit is then set after pollination, and grows until ripening takes place in late summer.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height : 4 - 6 ft
--Mature Width : 2 - 2 1/2 ft
--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 10" - 14" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones : 4 - 8
--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - most Raspberries prefer part sun / part shade.
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist - acidic, well drained. Mulch & high organic content recommended.
--Foliage Color & Texture : Deciduous - Bright green leaves are fairly large
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts : Flowers & Berries - small whitish pink flowers begin to appear in mid spring ( mid to late May in East TN ), followed by fruit set. Fruit begins to ripen in late summer.
--Diseases / Insects : Anthracnose, botrytis, root rot and other fungal diseases can cause problems. Cane borers and crown borers are potentially insect pests.
--Recommended Spacing :
3 - 5 ft apart recommended if planted in groups
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.