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Raspberry ‘Royalty’

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Raspberries are a favorite of many home gardeners. The most popular purple raspberry variety today, ‘Royalty’ is a summer-bearing variety and one of the heaviest producers. Its light sweet flavor produces outstanding jellies and jams. It is late-ripening and excellent for table use or freezing.  This cross between a purple raspberry and a red raspberry was produced by the Cornell Research Foundation. It combines the desirable features of both, coupling the large fruit size and plant vigor of a purple hybrid with the high fruit quality of a red raspberry.  ‘Royalty’ is hardy, suckers sparingly, and has excellent yield potential.

Plant as soon as soil may be worked in the spring. Your plants require 1″ of water per week during the growing season and regular, shallow cultivation. The bush will bear only on one-year-old stems. As soon as canes have produced fruit, prune them back to the ground to make room for the strong new canes. Additional pruning will be required to eliminate tangling and improve their ability to bear.


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
RS121BAG Raspberry 'Royalty' 25 53 $92.00
Retail-Ready Packages
RA25 000 Raspberry Assortment 25 75 $112.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Rubus idaeus 'Royalty'
Cultivator Type Summer/Everbearing
Size 1 YR #1
Height Varies
Spacing 3'
Hardiness Zones 4-8
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Purple/dark red
Harvest Ripens in late July

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the roots meet the stem) is about 1-2" below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fertilize newly set plants 2-3 weeks after planting and again in early summer. Water well during growth, and consider mulching to conserve water until the following spring, when the mulch should be removed to let the plants warm up. In winter, cut back to about 5 canes per crown. Cane berries prefer a deep, well-drained, fertile soil and typically bear fruit on 2-year old wood with everbearers producing on first-year wood. Thrive in most soil types. Versatile and hardy in the coldest climates where other cane fruits fail. Plant late winter to early spring. Space 2'-3' in a row with 8'-10' between rows.

Pests or Diseases: This new cultivar has triple insect resistance which should extend the productive life of the planting. Very susceptible to spur blight.