happy springtime raspberry bush

This raspberry bush is now in its third year, with beautiful leaves bursting from last year’s canes and also exploding up from the soil. It’s even showing flower buds already! Like most of the plants in the ecogardens, it’s a volunteer that sprouted from high-potency seeded compost.

Sadly, the berries produced by this bush so far have been disappointing. That’s probably because the bush is a hybrid, with mixed DNA from open pollination on a commercial plant. Someone (maybe me!) tossed some old rotting raspberries into the compost.

This year I’ll give the raspberry bush a good growing season by actively clearing out the sorrel and clover that also are competing in this container. Maybe the berries will have more than four or five drupelets if the bush has less competition.

UPDATE: The berries came, but they are still substandard. The bush has gotten bigger though!

UPDATE: A blast from the past and a more current photo.

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