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Raspberry 'Heritage' is a widely planted everbearing variety is favored for fruit size, flavor, and firmness. Bears a moderate early crop with heavy yields in late summer and fall. For fall only crop, mow canes to ground level in autumn after fruiting. Heritage, a variety of red raspberry released by Cornell University 35 years ago, was awarded a 2004 Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award by the American Society of Horticultural Sciences. Strong and productive plant, spreads fast. Excellent variety for a home gardener.
Plant as soon as soil may be worked in the spring. Your plants require 1" of water per week during the growing season and regular, shallow cultivation. The bush will bear only on one-year-old stems. As soon as canes have produced fruit, prune them back to the ground to make room for the strong new canes. Additional pruning will be required to eliminate tangling and improve their ability to bear.
Plant Details +
Rubus idaeus Heritage
June - August: Continual harvest of sweet, red fruit - moderate summer crop, then a heavy one August to frost.
General Information +
General Characteristics: Heritage was the first raspberry bred to ripen in the fall with quality and firmness good enough for shipping and wholesale markets and sufficient yields to be commercially viable. Because of these characteristics, Heritage has extended the season for consumers and raspberry growers, and paved the way for the year-round fresh raspberry market.
Planting/Care Instructions +
Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is about 1-2" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize newly set plants 2-3 weeks after planting and again in early summer. Water well during growth, and consider mulching to conserve water until the following spring, when the mulch should be removed to let the plants warm up. In winter, cut back to about 5 canes per crown.
Cane berries prefer a deep, well-drained, fertile soil and typically bear fruit on 2-year old wood with everbearers producing on first-year wood. Thrive in most soil types. Versatile and hardy in the coldest climates where other cane fruits fail. Plant late winter to early spring. Space 2'-3' in a row with 8'-10' between rows.
Pests or Diseases: Heritage is resistant or tolerant to most, if not all, major raspberry diseases, and has been used as a parent in the breeding of at least five other commercial cultivars. Root rot resistant with good drainage.