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Large, delicious, and easy to pick. This thornless raspberry variety produces high yields of tasty, firm berries from stout canes. Joan Squire x Teri-Louise. A terrific choice for northern fruit-gardens. Cold-hardy. Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in July. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Self-pollinating. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #18954 or other patents.

Note: Do not plant Red, Gold or Purple raspberries within 75-100 feet of Black raspberries. Black raspberries may be more susceptible to viral diseases carried by aphids to and from nearby raspberry plants.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July And September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Excellent - Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow raspberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Liked the comments regarding how they came up well.
Edward W on May 28, 2016
Early for a fall-bearing raspberry, thornless, and did well in the UT extension field tests.
Linda W B on Mar 22, 2016
Liked the comments regarding how they came up well.
Edward W on May 28, 2016
Thornless , double harvest per season, upright canes.
Stanley S on May 18, 2016
Early for a fall-bearing raspberry, thornless, and did well in the UT extension field tests.
Linda W B on Mar 22, 2016
It is Primocane and my experience with this variety is positive.
LARRY W on Mar 6, 2016
This is a primocane and we are going to try growing in a tunnel situation!
Leiann N on Feb 27, 2016
Thornless , double harvest per season, upright canes.
Stanley S on May 18, 2016
It is Primocane and my experience with this variety is positive.
LARRY W on Mar 6, 2016
Would these berry plants grow well, and produce in 24" half barrel pots?
Kathy W on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've been gardening vegetables for years, but new to fruit. I can only say that my plants from last year have grown to be 4-5,feet tall and gangly in just one year. There are many shoots from the underground runners. I would guess that it would work fine for 2 to 3 years but make quickly over take the pot- just a guess though, hope it helps
dO the primo cane plants sucker ?
Neil W on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They do seem to produce suckers, but not nearly as aggressively as some other varieties I've planted. So far I'm only seeing a few.

Customer Reviews

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The Real Deal
These raspberries are the real deal. Shipped bare root from Stark and arrived in great condition. Took off like a rocket as soon as the weather warmed up. Erect canes barely need any support. Produced a decent crop the first year. Much better the second year. Also produces tons of "free" plants from root succor. Good luck keeping them under control! Also, 100% spineless (thorn-free) canes means even the youngest kids can safely pick - and build a love for gardening!
April 11, 2016
Terrific for the Small Gardener
I grow the Joan J raspberry in an old recycling container. This plant gives me raspberries under the worst of circumstances. It's confined and cannot produce a lot of canes. I don't cut the canes back and it spends the winter by the side of my house in Minnesota. It starts to bud out early in spring and has blossoms already this year. I'm hoping for another good crop.
May 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
Good flavor
Good berry producer. No problems surviving Ohio winters. Canes stay upright and do not need a trellis.
May 5, 2016
1 year ago
100% growth in one wee
This years root stock was far superior to last year. Last year only 60 percent grew and this year a vigorous 100%. Last year I harvested Joan's after two frosts!!! They last long after harvest, have a nice decorative shape and an excellent flavor. Definitely my go to raspberry!
May 17, 2016
1 year ago
Wow. My first time planting raspberries. I am a total amateur gardener. Popped these in the ground, added raspberry food and water and received a TON of raspberries in return (yum!). Can't wait to see what these do this year! Highly recommended. I live in the extreme north of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Keweenaw).
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
These are amazing plants. They have been in a year with what I would describe as 'benign neglect' - we planted in average to poor soil and were weeded only once and fertilized twice in a year with diluted fish emulsion. We received a few berries their first fall but this spring we have harvested nearly a quart every three days for the last two weeks and our three young vines are still loaded down!
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
Great Raspberry
Prolific, healthy plants produce a very tasty berry. Fruits all the way up to first frost.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
They are growing
The 3 Joan J thornless raspberry plants are growing right now. They appear very healthy. I would like to do another review after there are raspberries growing that I can pick and eat.
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
entering 2nd season
I planted these last summer, and while I was pleased to see several berries in the fall, they were all tiny. Hoping this summer will yield much larger berries... otherwise a good healthy plant.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Review for JJ Primocane raspberries
Hmm, the canes arrived in apparently good shape, I immediately dug them in and waited, and they have sprouted and appear to be vigorously growing. Since this all has happened in the past 60 days and I have yet to see a berry, much less eat one, I am at a loss as to what else I can say at this point. Ask me again come next Spring and I can give you "the rest of the story".
May 20, 2016
1 year ago
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