The raspberry plant refers to species belonging to the genus Rubus. These perennial plants in the rose family produce aggregate fruits by the same name. For the purposes of cultivation, there are two types of raspberries; summer-fruiting and ever-bearing. Both of these types are easy to grow in a greenhouse kit if you follow the guidelines presented below.
- Start the seedlings in your greenhouse at the beginning of spring or as soon as the ground is workable. You can get the seedlings in the form of bare-root transplants or potted plants.
- The soil needs to be well-drained, rich and properly aerated. Work the soil well and add two inches of aged manure or mature compost.
- Dig holes roomy enough to accommodate the roots as they spread and space the plants three inches apart in rows that are 8 feet apart.
- If you would like to use a trellis then you need to set it up before planting so you do not disturb plants as they are establishing themselves.
Tips and tricks
Mulch heavily as this helps suppress weeds and minimize water loss.
Raspberries need regular watering to grow well. Ideally, an inch and a half of water per week will suffice. Note that regular watering is preferred to deep soaking.
This plant thrives in rich, well-drained soil that is loose enough to allow for proper aeration. The optimal pH level of the soil should range between 5.6 and 6.2.
The plant requires a full day of sun so position your greenhouse kit accordingly. In addition, ensure that you provide adequate lighting since the product will be meager if the plant grows in shady conditions.
Pick the berries in the morning after the dew has dried out. Ideally, do this every couple of days.