Compact rasp­ber­ries

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The ad­vent of pa­tio gar­den­ing has seen the minia­tur­i­sa­tion of many fruit plants, none more so than the rasp­berry. Lanky, bristly stems that tra­di­tion­ally re­quired strap­ping to a stout frame­work have been re­placed by multi-stemmed, thorn-free bushes pro­duc­ing boun­ti­ful crops of fruit on 90cm (3ft) canes. Ideal for con­tain­ers or grow­ing in small spa­ces, they’re more eas­ily man­aged.

‘Ruby Beauty’ was first to ar­rive (www.thomp­son-mor­gan.com; tel: 0844 573 1818). Be­ing a flor­i­cane va­ri­ety it fruits on the pre­vi­ous sea­son’s shoots, so sim­ply cut off spent stems af­ter fruit­ing in au­tumn.

Other novel­ties have also ma­te­ri­alised, such as ‘Groovy’, with bright yel­low leaves (www.cro­cus. co.uk; tel: 01344 578111) and ‘Goodas­gold’ with yel­low fruit in July (www.lu­bera.co.uk; tel: 0845 527 1658). Lu­bera has also bred dwarf red va­ri­eties ‘Lit­tle Red Princess’ and ‘Lit­tle Sweet Sis­ter’. All of these are known as pri­mo­cane va­ri­eties and should be cut back in Fe­bru­ary to fruit on new canes.

‘Ruby Beauty’ was the first dwarf va­ri­ety

‘Goodas­gold’ has a tangy flavour

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