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How and when to water raspberries

The only element that the raspberry plant really needs is water, so it is a good idea to avoid growing it in hot climates. Keep in mind that you should not water very often but regularly and frequently, keeping the soil fairly moist. Absolutely avoid water stagnation which could cause, in a drastic and permanent way, damage and rot that form at the roots. It is good to sprinkle abundantly at the root if drought occurs for a prolonged period during the summer and during the ripening, however, water it occasionally. Please note not to irrigate the plant with the «rain» method so as not to wet the fruits, thus avoiding the formation of annoying and harmful molds that could cause the loss of the crop.

How and where to grow


It is good to first choose the place to plant. Raspberries, in fact, prefer airy and sunny environments, at most in semi-shaded areas, sheltered from gusts of wind. Cultivation is very simple. It is necessary to lightly dig the soil, preferably rich in nutrients, with a little fertilizer (also wood ash) or mature manure and insert the seedlings in not too deep holes arranging them in a row. To facilitate easy climbing, we also recommend the use of supports. These small red fruits grow in very dense bushes and their roots produce numerous buds, so they are able to reproduce independently. Not planting them deep also serves the new buds, which will have an easier way to reach the surface.

How and when to fertilize


For these small fruits it is necessary, as previously argued, a light but substantial soil, rich in minerals and mixed with an abundant fertilizer or mature manure. The soil must be prepared to accommodate the seedlings by fertilizing it well and then repeating the operation during the year and at certain times. It is a very important procedure for the success of the harvest. In winter, every two years, a little mineralized soil or manure must be added to each row. In March, in spring, it is good to distribute an abundant quantity of rich organic fertilizer, preferably after flowering. You can use natural fertilizers, wood ash, or simply you can buy certain types that resell in specialized shops.

Raspberries: Possible attacks of fungal diseases and parasites


Special warnings are needed since every single part of the plant and fruit is under attack by fungi, parasites and certain diseases and moreover the raspberry, when ripe, attracts enormous quantities of insects and large birds. If raspberries get wet during irrigation, attention should be paid to the potential development of mold, such as Botrytis, which could lead to crop destruction. It is therefore advisable to water at the base avoiding watering down the fruits. The roots are also prone to diseases caused by fungi such as Fusariosis which causes yellowing of leaves and shrubs. To prevent these diseases from spreading and can irreparably cause the death of the plant, raspberries must be grown in correctly spaced rows.

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