BrazelBerries® Raspberry Shortcake™
The First-ever Container Raspberry!
Remember when Blueberry Sunshine Blue® took the gardening world by storm, with its compact habit, fragrant blooms, and abundant berries? Well, now there is a much more beautiful and amazing phenomenon known as the BrazelBerries® -- a collection of edible ornamentals with ever-changing foliage colors, small plant sizes (just right for containers!), and plenty of yummy fruit! Meet Raspberry Shortcake™, the first-ever dwarf raspberry for containers.
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, tightly mounded habit. Goodbye, rangy canes that flop all over the place! Goodbye, 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 -- dense and healthy.
Caring for Raspberry Shortcake™ is easy. It loves neutral soil (pH 6.5 - 7.5 is best) in full sunshine everywhere but the hottest climates. Good soil drainage is essential too. 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!
If you like Raspberry Shortcake™ -- and you will, we promise! -- be sure to try the other BrazelBerries® as well. Developed by the Brazelton family of Oregon -- fruit growers for decades -- they 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! Enjoy the latest and most exciting phenomenon in edible ornamentals. Bring the BrazelBerries® home! Zones 5-9.
|Item Form||Trade Gallon (3qt)|
|Zone||5 - 9|
|PlantHeight||24 in - 3 ft|
|PlantWidth||24 in - 3 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cuisine, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan|