Rubus

Rubus

Inhabiting many parts of the world, Rubus, commonly referred to as “Brambles”, are a large genus of flowering plants belonging to the rose family. Most of these plants are prickly, displaying oval to heart-shaped leaves and consist of arching, entangling stems arising from a woody crown, forming thickets up to several metres high. The berries from brambles are small edible fruit that contain seeded juicy segments (drupelets). Berries change colour as they ripen, from green to red, or green to red to a purplish black, depending upon the variety of fruit.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Provide additional nutrients and generate healthy soil conditions by tilling compost or other organic material into the soil prior to planting brambles. Deep tilling will also eliminate competing weeds.

    Grows reasonably well in most soils. Although, does in sandy loam soils that are rich in organic matter.

    Full sun position is ideal, but can tolerate partial shade.

    Dislikes exposure to windy situations.

    Plant anytime in the spring. Later planting can reduce growth.

    Using support systems such as a trellis, means foliage and fruit remain off the ground, weeding can be easily carried and most importantly pruning.

    Space 1-1.2m apart so the plant can develop fully without competition from neighbouring plants during the growing season. If you want a dense, continuous hedgerow, space root cuttings much closer at 30cm apart in the row and cover with soil to a depth of 5-7.5cm.

    Generally, Raspberries and Loganberries tend to prefer cooler regions, where blackberry, youngberry and boysenberry are flexible to warm temperate climates, as long as the winter months are cool.

    Encourage cropping and nice plump, juicy fruit, by providing regular watering during blooming and fruit production.

    Water must be kept up in hot, windy or drought periods along with mulch.

    Prune down to ground level each winter as the plant will re-shoot in the spring. Any fresh, vigorous new canes should be tied in to the trellis, as these will flower and fruit in the following season.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2½ cups (500g)

    Commercial Use: 250-750g

    Comments: Apply half into the base of the hole and mixed in well with soil whilst the rest is to be spread evenly on the soil surface once the hole has been filled.

     

    Stage: Primocane (1yr)

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1 cup (200g)

    Commercial Use: 150-250g

    Comments: Fertilize in early spring (September) and again at the start of summer (December). Apply 15cm around the base of each bush. Make sure that the fertiliser does not make direct contact with the canes.

     

    Stage: Floricane (2yrs +)

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 3 cups (600g)

    Commercial Use: 500-800g

    Comments: The first application should take place when you observe initial growth in early spring. In December when the plants are growing vigorously, give canes a second application. For an additional boost, 4-6 weeks later apply a light application of nitrogen rich fertiliser such as Urea, Ammonium Sulfate or Ammonium Nitrate. In Autumn, an application can be made to help replace soil nutrients plants after the growing season.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.