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Bristol Raspberry

Rubus occidentalis 'Bristol'

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Product ID#: rbris
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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Bloom Time Spring
Soil Conditions Normal
Flower Color White
Fruit Color Black
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 4-5' x 2-3'
Bristol Raspberry has black, glossy fruit with a rich, sweet flavor. This raspberry is tasty right off the bush! Clusters of white, rose-like flowers bloom in spring and are followed by delicious, non-seedy, black raspberries in early summer. These berries are excellent for fresh eating, desserts, freezing, jellies, or jams. Use the Bristol Raspberry in edible gardens or to attract pollinators and wildlife!
  • Sun, Part Sun/Shade
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 4-5' x 2-3'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring
Key features
  • Attracts Bees
  • Attracts Birds
  • Edible to People
  • Attracts Butterflies
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Edible Plants – Bristol Raspberry

Preparation
  • Plant black raspberries from red, gold, or purple raspberry varieties at least by 75-100 feet.
  • Bristol Rasberry prefers moist, well-drained soil. If planting in an area with poor soils, consider planting in a raised bed with amended soil.
  • This raspberry is not thornless.
  • Bristol Rasberrry (Rubus) is self-pollinating.
  • Cut out old canes after they fruit, but leave new canes to produce berries the next year.
Opening Plant Material
  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 
  • Click the link below “Handling & Planting Guideline” to see illustrations on planting bare root raspberries.
Planting Bare Root
  • Soak roots in water overnight before planting, if possible
  • Plant 2 to 3 feet apart in rows 3 to 5 feet apart in well-tilled weed-free soil.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and the same depth as the root mass.
  • The crown or graft of the plant should be slightly higher than ground level where it was grown at our nursery.
  • Trim off the broken roots and branches.
  • Spread the roots and fill halfway with soil, then water until soil settles completely saturating the soil and planting pit.
  • Re-adjust plant and fill the hole with the rest of the soil.
  • Back-fill the balance of the soil and water well.
  • Click the link below “Handling & Planting Guideline” to see illustrations on planting bare root raspberries.
Pruning – After Planting
  • After planting, be sure to prune the bare-root canes back to about 2 inches above the ground. Do not skip this step! It is a crucial factor in encouraging the roots to send up new growth during the growing season.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Once your raspberry plants have put on enough growth (which may not be until after their first year with you), aim to prune in the early spring, just as new growth emerges.
  • Prune young canes back until they are around 4 to 5 feet tall. This will discourage overgrowth and shading and will improve fruit production and quality.
  • Completely prune back and remove all skinny, dead, damaged, diseased or otherwise weak canes. As your raspberry plants mature, it is recommended that you cut back the small, thin canes to leave only about 8 to 10 of the strongest ones.
Watering - After Planting
  • If summer brings about one to one and a half inches of rainfall every week or so, you won’t need to use the hose. But if it gets really dry, you can give your new plant a good, thorough soaking. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several plants at once.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • Water newly planted crowns, and keep soil moist throughout the growing season. 
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.

 

Shipping Dates by Region*

 

Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th

 

Shipping Dates by Season*

 

Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November

 

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