Brandy wine Raspberry plant
I received two brandywine raspberry plants for Mother's Day. These are my first so I have a few questions. Are they self pollinating? I know for my blueberry bushes I need a male and a female. Is that the same for these raspberries? Can I fertilize? Will I get fruit the first year? Thank you
Baltimore County Maryland
Raspberries are self pollinating. They do not need another variety for pollination.
Brandywine is a purple raspberry that is vigorous, winter-hardy variety with canes that are large, erect and thorny. It has very large, tangy fruit. Blooms in June and ripens mid-July to mid-August in Central Maryland. See our publication on Getting Started with Small Fruits. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG68_Getting%20Start...
Also, see our website for more information on culture. Purple raspberries initiate new canes predominantly from the crown but may sucker between plants as well.
Bramble crowns and roots are perennial. Canes are biennial. The canes, typical biennial life-cycle is as follows: Each spring, canes known as primocanes emerge, grow tall, put out lateral branches, and overwinter. In the second growing year, the canes, now called floricanes, produce flowers and fruit. They will not fruit the first year.
Fertilizing - Soil pH should be in 6-6.5 range. Soil test results give pH, liming, and nutrient deficiencies. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing
For all varieties the 1st year of planting, 1/2 lb of 10-10-10 per 10 feet of row at beginning of bloom.
2nd year - 1/2 lb of 10-10-10 per 10 ft of row at beginning of bloom. 3rd year - 1lb of 10-10-10 per 10 ft of row in spring -same each succeeding year.
For pruning information see Penn State http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/fphg/brambles/pruning/black-purple- raspberries mh