Rubus idaeus 'Heritage'
2 years to reach maturity
Harvest berries in summer and autumn as soon as they are red and come loose easily. Be gentle when picking. Pick berries every day.
Raspberry 'Heritage' Overview
This variety is an 'ever bearing' raspberry which means it bears two crops - one in summer and one in autumn. The early summer crop is moderate and is followed by the heavy crop from autumn to early winter. The fruit is juicy, with an extra-sweet flavor, and are dark red, firm and large. These berries are great canned, frozen or fresh. This raspberry shrub is self-fertile, but planting more than one increase yield and ensures a better crop. Heritage is a highly popular variety for home gardeners.
Common problems with Raspberry 'Heritage'
Some tolerance to raspberry bushy dwarf virus and raspberry mosaic virus. Resistant to many pest problems. Can be bothered by powdery mildew, root rot and cane borers. The biggest problem is rotting fruit, try to keep fruit dry from blossom time to harvesting, by watering at soil level. Promote airflow through the canes to prevent disease.
Raspberry 'Heritage' Companion Plants
Do not grow in the same soil as potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, strawberries, peppers or bulbs have previously grown as these host Verticillium wilt, a fungus that can infest the raspberry crop. Planting raspberries close to potatoes may make them more susceptible to blight. Raspberries should also not be grown with blackberries, boysenberries or loganberries. Yarrow, garlic, tansy, wormwood and lavender are good companions for raspberries.
How to propagate Raspberry 'Heritage'
Stem cuttings: Cut 20 cm section of new growth off from late spring to midsummer. Dip the cut end into powdered rooting hormone and then into a moist propagation medium 10 cm deep. Roots in 2-4 weeks.
Raspberry suckers can be cut through with a sharp spade and separated and transplanted in spring when they are 12-20 cm tall. Keep it moist.
When canes touch soil, it will make new roots and new plants.
Special features of Raspberry 'Heritage'
Attracts birds which eat the berries.
Raspberries can be grown in large containers provided they have a trellis or a support system.
Bees are needed to pollinate the flowers.
Other uses of Raspberry 'Heritage'
Fruits are edible and can be eaten fresh or they can be canned, frozen, or made into jams and jellies. Leaves can be used fresh or dried in herbal teas and have antioxidant properties.