Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Small Fruits & Berries
by Susan Littlefield
If you thought that fending off prickers was the price to be paid for homegrown raspberries, think again. Monrovia's new Raspberry Shortcake™ dwarf thornless raspberry lets you enjoy a harvest of these delicious and healthful fruits with nary a poke. Part of Morovia's Brazelberries™ Collection, this variety is also an excellent choice if you have limited space. Forming a compact mound only 2 to 3 feet high with a slightly wider spread, Raspberry Shortcake™ needs no staking and is suitable for container growing as well as an in-ground raspberry patch. Self-fertile, you can harvest the super-sweet berries in midsummer even if you just have room for just one plant.
Raspberry Shortcake™ is adapted to Zones 5-9 and does best in well-drained soil with full sun and regular watering. Fertilize with a balanced liquid fertilizer in early spring and summer. Once fruiting is finished, prune the canes that have fruited, leaving new canes to fruit the next season.
For more about Raspberry Shortcake™ dwarf thornless raspberry, go to Monrovia.