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Raspberry 'Killarney'

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!

‘Killarney’ is a hybrid variety; attractive, bright, shiny, red berries with great aroma and flavor.  Its sweet flavor makes this berry ideal for freezing, canning, and of course, pies!  This winter hardy variety was hybridized in Manitoba and tolerates a wide range of climates.  ‘Killarney’ is one of the most disease resistant raspberries, making it easy to maintain, and great for inexperienced gardeners or those seeking a low maintenance plant. Good quality fruit. Firm, shiny, dark red fruit. Uniform shape.

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 +

Botanical Rubus idaeus Killarney
Height Varies
Spacing 3'
Hardiness Zones 4-7
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Red
Harvest Summer

General Information +

General Characteristics: Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Killarney is very hardy, so this plant will survive through longer winters with little or no damage. It’s self-pollinating and ripens/harvest mid-season. Killarney requires a clay soil with a ph of 5.7 - 6.0 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

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: Resistant to some cane diseases but susceptible to cane Botrytis. Resistant to late yellow rust.