Raspberry is an edible plant that you can grow easily in pots or containers. The seeds are cheap and readily available in supermarkets and nursery stores. You don’t need to care much for raspberries when you grow at home as it requires water and sunlight on regular basis. Plants can survive in both warm and cool climatic conditions. Though it takes some months to produce fruits gardeners are much benefited with this fruit.
How to Grow Raspberries from seeds in Pots?
To grow raspberries from seeds in pots you need to choose a variety that suits in your growing conditions, care for the fruit and harvest. Here are some factors responsible for the growth of berry plants in containers…..
- Choose a seed i.e. summer or ever bearer varieties to grow in your pots.
- Prepare soil and sow the seeds in pots.
- Water berry seeds regularly and place it in sunlight to germinate quickly.
- The plant matures and starts fruiting.
- Now you can fertilize the plants with organic matter.
- Use a sharp knife to cut berries and store them in the refrigerator for few days.
- 0.1 Berry Variety:
- 0.2 Pot & Soil:
- 0.3 Water & Sunlight:
- 0.4 Planting:
- 0.5 Nutrient Deficiency:
- 0.6 Pests & Diseases:
- 0.7 Fertilizers:
- 0.8 Harvesting:
- 1 Growing Raspberries from Cuttings
- 2 Companion Planting | What are good companion plants for raspberries?
- 3 Raspberry plant pollination
- 4 Growing Tips
- 5 Raspberries Health Benefits
Choose a seed variety to grow raspberries based on its growth factors. Prefer a summer- bearer or ever-bearer depending on your choice. They are available in red, yellow and black varieties all year around. Before planting sow the seeds in warm water for 2 days. Now clean the seeds with cotton or towel. Seedlings may sprout at this time and are ready to plant i.e. both indoors and outdoors.
Pot & Soil:
Raspberries can grow successfully if the pot or container size is about 45-60 centimeters long. Test the soil to determine its pH value. It generally prefers a pH of 5.6 to 6.2. If the soil is acidic add limestone to increase soil pH and mulches to retain the soil moisture levels.
Water & Sunlight:
Water the berry plants weekly about 1-2 inches depending upon the climate. Avoid over-watering as it may result in the plant to root rot. Expose the plant to sunlight for a minimum of 6-8 hours a day to grow quickly. Berries thrive best when you maintain the room temperature between 70-75 F.
The seed germinates within 2 weeks and reaches a certain height. Leave the plant for few more weeks to grow. When the plant matures prune young leaves, stems and flower buds to ensure faster growth. The plant grows to a height of 30-60 inches tall when the root absorbs nutrients from the soil.
Here is the list of table that illustrates the list of elements, functions and deficiency symptoms in plants…
|S. No.||Element||Deficiency symptom|
|1||Nitrogen||Spindle yellow leaves|
|2||Phosphorus||Yellow foliage and slow growth|
|3||Potassium||Purple leaf with browning edges|
|4||Magnesium||Early leaf fall, reddish brown tints|
|5||Iron||Brown leaf edges and yellowing of leaf veins|
Pests & Diseases:
Pests and diseases are the major problems for all plants. If a single plant is affected by a pest or disease then it spoils all plants. Here is the list of pests and diseases that spoils the growth of raspberry plants…..
|Fruit flies||Cane disease|
|Beetles||Raspberry leaf spot|
|Raspberry sawfly||Gray mold|
|Spider mites||Leaf curling|
To overcome nutrient deficiency issues and pest problems feed the plant with organic fertilizers such as N-P-K fertilizer sprays. You can also overcome the deficiency by allowing the plant to get sufficient amounts of water and sunlight.
Fruit develops within 3 months of germination time. Harvest berries rich in color and comes easily from plants early in the morning. Taste few berries for its sweetness before harvesting. Darken the skin color much sweeter the fruit is. Rinse berries with water and store them in refrigerator few days before you eat.
Growing Raspberries from Cuttings
It’s fun and easy to propagate raspberries from leafy stem cuttings. For this you need to take 4-6 inches of the cane stems of berries and a jar of water. Here is the step by step procedure to propagate raspberries from cuttings…
- Select the stem that is suitable for cuttings.
- Prune the stem about 6 inches with sharp knife or shears.
- Remove the lower leaves and tip of the cuttings to ensure faster growth.
- Place the papaya stem cuttings in a jar of water.
- Now shift it to sunlight or window location for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Within 3-4 weeks root develops and is ready to transplant to outdoors.
- Provide nutrients to the plants when sown in the soil to encourage growth and also to produce sweet berries.
Companion Planting | What are good companion plants for raspberries?
Before planting raspberries you need to improve soil fertility by adding organic matter to the soil. They add valuable nutrients to the soil to promote fast growth. However, you can also place some companions near raspberry plants that protect from pests and other harmful diseases. There are some that you shouldn’t plant with berries that spoils the plant growth. The table below gives an idea about compatible and incompatible plants of raspberries…..
Raspberry plant pollination
Raspberries are self-pollinated i.e. it does not require any pollinators to develop fruit as it contains huge amounts of nectar and pollens. Cross-pollination is not required in case of raspberries. For best production, they need bees to transfer pollen from anther to pistil in a flower. Make sure you don’t apply insecticides during pollination.
- Fertilize the plant only when it reaches a height of 6-12 inches.
- Remove the infected one from crop plants so as not to affect other plants.
- Prefer organic matter such as compost or manure to enrich the soil fertility.
- Make sure the pot or container has holes at the bottom for proper drainage.
- Do not allow the bush to produce fruit for the 1st year after planting from seeds.
- Water regularly and provide sunlight for a minimum of 6 hours a day to the plants.
- Harvest only the fruits when ripe that tastes sweeter and store them in the refrigerator.
- Wear gardening tools such as gloves, goggles, and shoes while harvesting sweet berries.
- Though dogs love to eat berries, keep them away when you feed the plant with fertilizers or mulches.
Raspberries Health Benefits
Raspberries are an excellent source of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It contains vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber and antioxidants like folate, pantothenic acid, biotin, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids that help to cure several health problems. There are no such side effects unless you eat them in excess amounts.
Pregnant women: You can enjoy eating raspberries during pregnancy. It supplies many nutrients (100 grams of raspberries contains 12 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of proteins and has 53 calories) to the body thereby promoting overall health. Wash berries thoroughly with warm water before eating.
Boosts immune: It contains proteins like vitamin C that helps to improve the immune system. It also helps to clean blood cells, illness infections, and other aging effects.
Weight loss: These are extremely low-fat content that keeps you feeling of fullness for a long time. The trace minerals like potassium & magnesium burn fats and improve metabolic activities in your body. The water content in berries protects you from dehydration.
Heart health: A recent study shows that flavonoid-rich foods like raspberries lower the risk of cardiovascular health. It suppresses the inflammation, lowers blood pressure and prevents platelets thereby improving heart health.
Cancer: The powerful antioxidants work against the free radical that inhibits tumor growth and inflammation in the body. It helps to cure many types of cancers like lung, mouth, esophageal, pharynx, prostate, colon and pancreas.
Diabetes: Raspberry skin contains fiber that helps to control blood sugar levels. Studies show that diabetic people who consume high dietary fiber content foods lower glucose levels, lipids, and insulin levels.
Start growing raspberries from seeds in a pot or large container that produces tasty fruits and monitors your health. If you have amazing ideas about growing raspberries in your home, please share your experience with us.