Raspberry ( Rubus ) - Autumn Bliss / Size 1
Autumn Bliss Raspberry / Rubus

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Product Code: RASAUT1

Rubus idaeus 'Autumn Bliss'

Overall Description

Autumn Bliss provides a large crop of bright red berries with extremely good flavor. Not a completely thornless variety..........but known to have very few thorns when compared to most other Raspberry varieties. Clusters of white, 5-petaled, rose-like flowers give way to red raspberries of excellent eating quality. Fruit ripens in very late summer to early fall, and are very uniform in size, shape, and color. This is a self-pollinating variety - but plantings of more than one shrub are highly recommended for maximum pollination & fruit set.

Autumn Bliss 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. Will spread through suckers if allowed - but suckers may be removed / pruned out, or dug up to transplant in other areas if desired.

Prune out fruiting canes at the end of harvest season. 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 will only produce fruit in the second year. Leaving older, expired & already fruited canes will only slow down the berry production in seasons to come, as the canes will most likely not fruit again. They will more than likely serve as "dead weight", and will use much of the plants growth & nutrients since they are thicker & older than newer canes which are ready bear fruit.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 4 - 6 ft

--Mature Width : 4 - 5 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 with slightly serrated edges

--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 very late summer to early fall.

--Diseases / Insects :
Anthracnose, botrytis, root rot and other fungal diseases can cause problems. Cane borers and crown borers are potentially insect pests.

--Recommended Spacing :
4 - 6 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.

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