The Q&A Archives: Growing Rasberries In California

Question: I have successfully grown blackberries in Bakersfield for years, and officially this area is zone 9. Now I would like to grow rasperries, particularly the very large red ones and the golden ones. All the berry plants are rated for zones 5-8. Does this mean that I will have poorer results in zone 9 with these plants, or that they won't grow at all in zone 9?

Answer: Raspberries are a disappointing crop in Southern California, and the plants often fail to thrive. In order to set fruit, raspberries require a cold induced dormant period. Some gardeners in your region treat raspberries as annual plants, digging them up in the fall after harvest, and planting rooted canes the following spring for a late summer harvest.

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