Seed merchant Thompson and Morgan have released information today of a new Patio Raspberry.
This plant, which we have not trialled or seen growing yet offers a new take on raspberry growing. ‘Ruby Beauty’ according to Thompson and Morgan retains the sweet flavour that gardeners have come to expect from modern varieties, while allowing the home grower to move their crop from the veg patch (if they ever had room for one!) to the patio.
In the past we have always believed at Plant Enthusiast Towers that Raspberries were about the only plant that once could not grow in a container, ‘Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’ is a multi branching dwarf form of Raspberry that should be grown one plant to a 10l pot or three per 40 litre pot.
By all reports they are quite prolific fruiters, watered and fed correctly they can produce ip so 1.5kg (3lb 5oz) of fresh raspberries from each bushy plant. However fruit will not be born until the year after planting.
Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’ reaches just 1m (3ft) hight, making it an ideal patio plant, and one that is also easy to protect from the birds. With its compact height, very little int he way of support is required.
Thompson & Morgan Horticultural Director, Paul Hansord, said: “Traditional summer fruiting raspberries can crop well in containers but the lanky canes don’t have the aesthetic appeal needed when it comes to raising fruit in a decorative area of the garden such as the patio. Ruby Beauty™ offers a heavy crop of fruit on short multicanes, forming an attractive bush fit for any garden.”
Facts about Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’
- Dwarf variety reaching just 1m (3ft) high
- 1.5kg of fruit per plant
- Multi-branching floricane
- Great in soil and containers
- Early summer cropper
- Easy to net and protect
As to how reliable this new form of Raspberry turns out to be, it is a huge step forward in plant breeding, and we look forward to being able to grow some Raspberries on the deck…
The image that we have used here was supplied by Thompson and Morgan.