Ruby Falls Raspberry – Suitable for container growing – A Review.
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Early last year I saw an offer on-line from a large seed catalogue company for buy 1 get 1 free on all fruit plants, I had been reading about a new Dwarf Raspberry plant for growing in containers. Its compact, fully hardy and virtually thorn free. I have always had a hankering for a Raspberry plant, but the nature of Raspberries whereby they need a bit of room and tend to sucker quite a bit put me off planting one in my garden.
I don’t have an Allotment, and I tend to grow all my edibles in my back garden, in raised beds or in big containers, and occasionally in hanging baskets.
I read up on the requirements of the Raspberry, and duly ordered 2 plants which arrived promptly in 9 cm pots.
The instructions stated that I should have a 10 Litre pot per plant at the very least, however I was able to pick up some 15 Litre pots cheap from a nearby nursery and planted up each plant separately in a compost mix of a bit of Multipurpose Compost with some John Innes 3 and some slow release fertiliser. The planted up the containers then they were then left in a sunny spot to get on with it.
The information supplied with the plants stated that in the first year the plants will put on growth and not flower or fruit, and this is exactly what happened with my plants, I just watered them and looked at them impatiently for the rest of last year.
Moving forward to Spring 2017 and I was delighted to discover both the Raspberry plants were covered in small Bumble Bees who were working their way noisily around the flowers. After the Flowers came the fruits, lots of fruit.
Because the plants were grown in a container I was able to lift them up onto a table to make harvesting very easy.
I was able to harvest over 2 lbs of fruit per plant, I froze most of them so I ended up with a big batch in the freezer that I could use in cake making, although I did also randomly scoff some fruits each time I was passing.
Overall I’m thrilled with my plants, and as I got them on offer, even better. They are prolific, tasty and the birds left them alone. At the end of the season the stems started to become woody and a new flush of growth started to appear from the base signalling time to prune away the old stems. I’m considering dividing up one of the containers to see if I can gain another plant for next year.
I think Raspberry Ruby Falls would suit any garden or space and is something worth considering if you like edibles or fruits.
There are quite a few new varieties of fruit species coming onto the market that are suitable for container gardening, hanging basket growing, and small space growing and this plant would make a very fruitful addition to any space.