Varieties of Raspberry for Home Growing

Probably more than with any other type of soft fruit, the new raspberry varieties far outclass the older ones. While you may still see such old varieties as ‘Lloyd George’ offered by some nurseries, they have little to commend them today. And always buy plants, of whatever variety, that are certified as having been raised from virus-free stock.

 

Summer-fruiting varieties:

‘DELIGHT’ Early, pale orange-red, very large fruit, very heavy cropping, very vigorous. Poor pest and disease resistance. Not good for freezing or jam. Moderate flavour.

*’GLEN MOY’ Early, no prickles, red, medium fruit, very heavy cropping, moderately vigorous. Some virus and aphid resistance. Good for jam and freezing. Good flavour.

'Malling Promise' raspberry‘MALLING PROMISE’ Early, red, large fruit, heavy cropping. Poor disease resistance. Good for jam and freezing. Moderate flavour.

*’GLEN CLOVA’ Early to mid-season, red, medium-large fruit, heavy cropping for a long period, vigorous. Poor pest and disease resistance; best grown alone and should certainly not be planted with ‘Mailing Jewel’ or ‘Mailing Promise’, from which it will pick up virus infection (the virus is not apparent on these varieties). Good for jam and freezing. Moderate flavour, not very sweet.

‘MALLING ORION’ Early to mid-season, small red fruit, moderate cropping. Poor pest and disease resistance. Good for jam and freezing. Moderate flavour.

‘GOLDEN EVEREST’ Mid-season, yellow, moderate cropping. Good for freezing. Moderate flavour.

‘MALLING JEWEL’ Mid-season, dark red, medium-large fruit, moderate cropping over short period. Some frost, aphid, virus and botrytis resistance. Low vigour. Good for jam and freezing. Moderate flavour.

*’GLEN PROSEN’ Mid-season, red, medium fruits, heavy cropping, moderately vigorous. Some virus and aphid resistance. Good for jam and freezing. Good flavour.

'Malling Admiral' raspberry‘MALLING ADMIRAL’ Mid- to late season, dark red, large fruit, heavy cropping, vigorous, rather brittle canes. Some virus, cane blight and botrytis resistance. Very good for jam and freezing. Very good flavour.

 

Summer-fruiting varieties:

‘GLEN COE’ Mid-season, purple, medium fruit, heavy cropping, no prickles. Resistant to wilt disease. Good for jam. Moderate flavour.

*’LEO’ Late season, orange-red, medium fruits, fairly heavy cropping. Some aphid and cane blight resistance. Very good for freezing. Very good flavour.

‘NORFOLK GIANT’ Late season, small red fruit, low cropping. Poor pest and disease resistance. Good for jam and freezing. Moderate flavour.

‘STARLIGHT’ Late season, black, medium fruit, low vigour. Good flavour.

‘AUGUSTA’ Late season, dark red medium fruit, heavy cropping, moderately vigorous. Some aphid and virus resistance. Good flavour.

‘MALLING JOY’ (often called ‘Joy’) Late season, dark red, large fruits, heavy cropping, very vigorous with widely arching laterals. Good aphid resistance. Good for jam and freezing. Good flavour.

 

Primocane – Autumn-fruiting varieties

*’AUTUMN BLISS’ Early autumn, red, medium fruits, heavy cropping. Aphid resistant. Moderate flavour. Easily the best of the primocane raspberries.

‘ZEVA’ Early- to late autumn, dark red medium fruits, low cropping. Moderate flavour.

‘SCEPTRE’ Mid-autumn, moderate cropping, moderately vigorous. Moderate flavour.

‘SEPTEMBER’ Mid-autumn, red, medium fruits, moderate cropping, moderately vigorous. Moderate flavour.

‘FALLGOLD’ Mid-autumn, yellow, medium fruit, low cropping. Good to freeze. Moderate flavour.

‘HERITAGE’ Late autumn, red, medium fruit, moderate cropping, vigorous. Moderate flavour.

* my top five garden raspberries

17. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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