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Raspberry ‘Jewel’

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Raspberry, ‘Jewel’ (Standard, Black) is a customer favorite with large black raspberries that are shiny black, sweet and flavorful. A recent introduction from the New York Fruit Testing Station found this is now rated the best of black raspberries. Plus, these┬áplants are highly disease resistant. Also, the vigorous plants are early ripening, and in our experience a big improvement over the popular ‘Bristol’. ‘Jewel’ is a cross between ‘Bristol’ and ‘Dundee’. It is our most popular black raspberry variety. It produces excellent yields of superb quality berries. The large sized fruit is glossy black in color and has a rich raspberry flavor.

It is an excellent choice for use in jams and jellies. ‘Jewel’ is winter hardy and a very reliable choice. They are great to blend into smoothies! Add to baked treats for a lively, colorful and lip-smacking treat. Make sure to grow enough to make preserves and enjoy the flavors of summer all year long. The plant is a high yielding producer of large, firm black raspberries.
‘Jewel’ produces fruit that is not only delicious and productive but is also very good for you!
New research has shown that black raspberries have some of the highest levels of phytonutrients of any dark-colored fruits. They’ve even shown to have cancer-prevention qualities. Raspberries are wonderful plants for birds because, if left unpruned, they form “thickets” that provide excellent nesting, roosting and hiding places for birds. The fruit, of course, is also a highly desired and healthy food source for birds.

If you’re looking for reliability and hardiness in raspberries, ‘Jewel’ is for you. This berry laughs at our harsh winters, bounces back after a subzero cold with firm, juicy berries so glossy black they shine like its name. Mid-season crops are bountiful. Rich raspberry flavor makes your mouth water! Recommended for both home and market growers. 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.

Plant Details +

Botanical Raspberry, 'Jewel'
Cultivator Type Midseason/Summer Bearing
Height Varies
Spacing 3' wide, 10' row spacing
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Dark blue to black raspberries
Harvest Early Summer

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Raspberries require a well-drained but consistently moist, rich soil for best growth. They need full sun for highest fruit production. Don't plant too deep! For bareroot plants, use a hoe to make a trench 2" deep the length of the bed. Spread roots along the bottom of the trench and cover immediately. Take care while planting to keep roots at the 2" level. This will promote suckers to develop from the roots. Fertilize your plants once a year in the spring before the plants bloom with a natural or organic, basic garden fertilizer. Trellis Support: We recommend using a trellis to support your raspberry canes. A trellis keeps the fruit off the ground, makes picking much easier, and maintains good aeration to help with disease control. Use a T-bar trellis for red and purple raspberries that supports 2 wires 12" apart at 3'-4' above the ground. Use a four-wire trellis system for black raspberries. Four wires are attached to fence posts vertically and the raspberry canes are wrapped around the wires. Pruning: Raspberry roots and crowns live for a very long time, but the canes die after two years. For summer bearing raspberries, prune out the canes after harvesting the fruit. Thin the remaining new growth to 6-8 strong, healthy canes per running foot of row. For fall bearing raspberries, cut all the canes to the ground in early spring before new growth starts. For purple and black raspberries, in early spring cut out the small canes at the base leaving 4-5 of the strongest canes per clump. Then cut back the side (lateral) branches so they're only about 12-inches long. In May, cut back the tip of each cane 3 to 4 inches to encourage side branches to grow so you get more fruit. It is best to plant immediately upon receipt. If you are unable to plant immediately, refrigerate and plant as soon as possible. Do not add water. Keep in original packing to retain proper moisture, until you can plant.

Pests or Diseases: Highly Disease Resistance. Resistant to anthracnose.