The best part to having pie on a special occasion like Pi Day is the homegrown pie filling. At home, we grow black raspberries. They are sweeter and less tart than the red ones.
- Rubus occidentalis, it’s an eastern US native.
- For the home gardener, the black raspberry plants use organic methods or products to control fungus and insects.
- Harvest time, mid June-to mid-July, will occur on the second growing year of a cane.
- Can grow in hedgerows, hills or in containers.
- Propagation is by the head of the canes.
- If the primocanes are allowed to grow unchecked, they get long ( 7’ to 9′ ), are very difficult to manage and bear little fruit.
- At harvest, the fruit receptacle ( stem ) remains on the raspberry plant as opposed to a blackberry where the stem stays with the fruit.
- Every year, for the health of the plant and for a big harvest, a plant will need 3 cuts: early spring cleanup, summer heading ( tipping) and removal of canes after fruiting.
In a next post, I will talk more about the maintenance of a black raspberries plant.