How to Grow: Cane fruit (Raspberries, boysenberries & blackberries)

How to Grow: Raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries

Raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries are all members of the Rubus family, also referred to as ‘cane fruit’.


Best planted in winter or spring in well drained soil, with plenty of moisture through summer when the berries are forming on the plants. Plant away from strong winds, up against a north-facing fence or wall is a good option.


STAKE — with a teepee (3-5 straight branches), or use trellis to prop up.

SHELTER — from wind and protect from birds if you can. They are your number one pest when it comes to growing these soft fruits.

FEED — with manure and a thick layer of mulch. Raspberries also like to be fed with lime from time to time.

HARVEST — by picking ripe berries in the morning, every few days.


Raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries are easily grown from cuttings. Take 10-15cm long cuttings in summer or autumn. Poke into a moist pot or garden so about half the cutting is in the ground. Roots will take a few months to emerge.