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Tips for Growing Raspberries in Alberta

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Who doesn't love the sweet, with a touch of tartness, taste of raspberries? They are normally quite expensive to purchase in the grocery store but easy to grow in your backyard. Raspberries are one of the limited fruit varieties we have in zone 3 that grow well in our cooler climate. Once established in the right location, raspberries require only a small amount of maintenance and will provide you with plenty of fresh berries year after year. If you don't yet have a raspberry patch now is the time to start one! Today I will share with you a few tips for growing raspberries to get you started.

Raspberry Varieties

Raspberry plants are classified as either summer bearing or ever bearing. Summer bearing raspberries produce fruit from July to mid August whereas ever bearing raspberries produce from mid to late August until the first frost in the fall. A mixture of both varieties gives you raspberries all summer long.

Summer bearing raspberry varieties (can be both floricane and primocanes - see the "Pruning" section below) include:

  • Boyne - Probably the most common variety and known for being very hardy. Boyne is a great raspberry variety to grow in zone 3 Alberta.

  • Festival - short, hardy canes.

  • Killarney - Produce a firm fruit.

  • Honeyqueen - A yellow-fruited variety.

  • SK Red Mammoth - Bright red, sweet berries.

Ever bearing raspberry varieties (only grow primocanes - see the "Pruning" section below) include:

  • Red River - medium sized berries.

  • Double Delight - small berries.

  • Summit - small to medium size berries.

  • Autumn Bliss - large, dark red berries.

  • Fall brook - large, bright red berries .

Plump red Boyne raspberries growing in Alberta, zone 3.  These can be both floricane and primocane.

Best Location for Growing Raspberries

Raspberry plants produce best when planted in a full sun or a full sun with afternoon shade, location. Raspberries prefer to be planted in a place protected from the wind. When choosing a location keep in mind that raspberry bushes will spread and send out many suckers (new plant shoots off their roots). If you do not want your raspberries to spread, cleaning out suckers can be a big task each spring.

Best Soil to Grow Raspberries In