If you’d love to grow raspberries but lack the space in your garden to accommodate rows of towering canes, Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’® is the solution you’re looking for. This space-saving raspberry has all the deliciously sweet flavour you’d expect from a modern variety, but you don’t need a veg patch to grow it – in fact, this little beauty grows to just 1m in height and is perfectly happy in a container on your patio or balcony.
Being compact makes ‘Ruby Beauty’ easy to net to protect the fruit from hungry birds. And because its stems are thornless, the fruit is easy to pick too. This plant requires little, if any, support but you may choose to add a few canes around the pot to help hold up the fruit.
How to grow raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’
Grow this summer-fruiting raspberry plant in a sunny position in any well-drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the soil and then position your plants 50cm (20″) apart. The short stems of Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’® need little support, except to prevent particularly heavy crops from bending the canes.
Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’ after-care
Water your raspberry plant well for the first year until plants are fully established. When the berries begin to develop, place a net over the plant to protect the crop from birds. Summer fruiting raspberries like Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’® produce berries which ripen between June and early August.
Pruning raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’
In autumn, prune the canes which have fruited over the summer to ground level leaving the remaining canes in place for the following year. Aim to have 6 to 8 fruiting canes per plant. Apply a mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the canes in spring. This helps to retain moisture throughout the summer.
If you want to know more about summer and autumn-fruiting raspberries, read our full article including a short video on how to grow raspberries. For even more information and advice, our dedicated raspberry hub page is a great place to start.
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