On the other hand, autumn-fruiting (primocane) should be cut down to ground level in February, and in summer canes can be cut back slightly if the growth is overcrowded. ‘Polka’ is a fantastic choice, with fruit right from mid-summer up until the first frosts – what a treat!
Firstly, these berries prefer a moisture-retentive, fertile soil that’s slightly acidic, in a sunny position. However, they can tolerate partial shade. Due to the dormant period in the chillier months, bare-root plants can be planted between October and April.
When planting, it’s a good idea to plant them in rows that run from North to South so that they don’t shade each other, because they grow tall.
Their tall growth means you should have support in place.
To plant, add well-rotted manure and general fertiliser or fish blood and bone to the site. Then, plant with 45-60cm apart, adding a thick mulch of organic matter. Once planted, prune the canes to within 25cm of the ground.
Also, keep the compost moist and during growing season feed with a liquid general-purpose fertiliser monthly.