The Q&A Archives: Raspberries In Central Texas

Question: Can I grow raspberries in Central Texas. If so, what variety would you recommend that we try, and how do we care for them?

Answer: The long, hot summers, and mild winters of Central Texas make for a poorly adapted climate for most raspberries. You can grow some varieties, but they really struggle and may not perform very well. If you would like to try some anyway, here are four of your best bets. 'Dorman Red' is a trailing type with fair raspberry flavor. Three upright everbearing varieties (produce a spring crop on last year's growth and a late summer crop on this year's growth) are 'Baba', 'Heritage' and 'Ruby'.

Plant them in a soil enriched with lots of compost. Give them a location that is shaded from mid afternoon on. Mulch the roots well and keep them moist but not soggy.

Good luck with your berries!

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