Meet Raspberry Shortcake™, the first-ever dwarf raspberry for containers! This breakthrough was developed by the Brazelton family of Oregon, renowned fruit growers that have been at it for decades. The BrazelBerries® are self-pollinating, so you need plant only one of any of the varieties for fruit. But chances are, once you see the BrazelBerries® in your garden, you'll simply have to have several!
Raspberry Shortcake™ is a thornless variety with full-sized, yummy red fruit on plants that reach just 2 to 3 feet high and wide and have a dense, compact, and tightly mounded habit. Say goodbye to rangy canes that flop all over the place and to punctured hands at harvest time! Raspberry Shortcake™ looks as good as its full-sized, bright red fruit tastes!
These berries have a flavor described as "vanilla essence," very sweet and meltingly tender. You can enjoy handfuls straight from the patio or even the urban balcony with Raspberry Shortcake™! And the plant always looks good, remaining dense and healthy.
Caring for Raspberry Shortcake™ is easy. It loves well-drained, neutral soil (pH 6.5 - 7.5 is best) in full sunshine everywhere but the hottest climates. If you are growing it in a container, pick a big one -- anything 24 inches in diameter or larger is preferred, since this perennial will keep setting new canes and spreading.
Feed Raspberry Shortcake™ with a balanced fertilizer at the beginning of spring and again later in the season. Water it daily in containers. When winter arrives, it will go dormant, and should be left alone. The following spring, you'll begin to see green growth. Midway through spring, when the new growth is well-established, cut away any stems that do not show new growth. That's all there is to it! Zones 5-9.