Raspberries-growing them from seed

Raspberries are not difficult to grow from seed. I am not recommending this as the normal way of starting a raspberry bed, but some years ago I bought a punnet of yellow raspberries and was struck by the excellent flavour, so used the following method:

Choose a good, ripe fruit or two; place in a sieve and rub off the pulp, keeping the seeds; wash them thoroughly so that all trace of pulp is removed. This needs doing about August / Sept.

Put the wet seeds on a paper towel in the sunshine to dry.

Place some seed compost in a small pot; add the seeds; cover with about an inch of compost, firm it down well, and then place in a cool room where it won't get any sunlight. Ensure that the pot is kept slightly damp but not too wet, otherwise the seeds will rot.

About December, a few seedlings should have appeared; they may keep appearing through the winter. When big enough to handle - say 2 to 3 inches high, carefully separate and put in small pots. When big enough to fend for themselves outside, put them in a cold frame first and then in the garden. Label them well.

My bed of yellow raspberries (about 7 or 8 strong plants) has come from just two seedlings in about 5-6 years. They fruit sparsely in July on old wood, then send up new canes which fruit profusely from late August until the frosts come in October.

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