Common Name: Autumn fruiting raspberry
Cultivar: 'Autumn Bliss'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Time to prune: January to February
Most raspberry varieties are summer fruiting, starting to crop in July after the first strawberries have finished. Autumn varieties continue the harvest from August onwards, and bear fruit on canes which have grown the same year. 'Autumn Bliss' is a popular modern late kind, with sturdy canes shorter than average and capable of being left unsupported. It is a prolific variety, resistant to aphids which often spread virus diseases, and bears its large finely flavoured berries over a long season, starting in August and continuing until the first frosts. As with all autumn fruiting raspberries, all of the canes should be cut back to ground level in late winter. For the biggest crops, mulch around the plants each year with well-rotted manure and tie the canes onto horizontal support wires. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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