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Encore Red Raspberry

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Enjoy velvety, flavorful berries. This highly productive plant yields exceptionally sweet raspberries that melt in your mouth. Nearly thornless canes. Disease-resistant to root rot. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Mid- to late-summer bearing. Ripens in late July to early August. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #11746 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 Pink
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late July - Early August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet
Texture Very Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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.


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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Seemed okay for northeast US because from Cornell U. in NY state. I'm in Massachusetts. Oh, it was on sale, too.
Hank R on May 22, 2019
Needed for my growing conditions
KIM M on Mar 7, 2019
Seemed okay for northeast US because from Cornell U. in NY state. I'm in Massachusetts. Oh, it was on sale, too.
Hank R on May 22, 2019
It was at least marginally okay for my zone, which is a tricky one, and the description seemed to be something I could use. Also know Stark provides great help with planting and care instructions.
Patricia A S on Apr 29, 2019
Needed for my growing conditions
KIM M on Mar 7, 2019
Recommend by knowledgeable Stark agent.
Gail G on Mar 6, 2019
Mary C on Feb 9, 2019
They looked yummy
Karen S on Sep 22, 2018
I'm growing Latham and Heritage; as both are commonly sold in my region, but I wanted to try something different. While the plants that I have perform well, sometimes the taste of the is not as intense as I'd hoped-based on my memory of childhood raspberries. Other reviewers seemed to like the flavor of this variety, so I'll give it a try.
Susan R on May 22, 2018
Wanted a thornless, sweet raspberry plant.
Donna D on May 8, 2018
I chose this because of the size of the fruit, its hardy nature, its sweet flavor and its vigorous growth pattern. So far, so good!
Katherine F on Jan 19, 2018
It grows in my zone and will be added to my other raspberries. Love that it's nearly spineless.
Barbara S on Feb 25, 2017
Heat tolerant disease resistant
Tom B on Jan 6, 2017
Love walking out to the garden and grabing a handful of red rasperries for my cereal!
Sally R on Oct 30, 2016
Norm K on Oct 27, 2016
berry quality
Eldon B on Oct 5, 2016
Correct zone - sweet berries.
PEGGY C on Mar 11, 2016
It was at least marginally okay for my zone, which is a tricky one, and the description seemed to be something I could use. Also know Stark provides great help with planting and care instructions.
Patricia A S on Apr 29, 2019
Recommend by knowledgeable Stark agent.
Gail G on Mar 6, 2019
Do these need staking? Which cold hardy zone 4 varieties support themselves?
Debbie on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This just my second year with these berries. I have not staked them and have had no problem. I am not familiar with other berries, but I live in cold hardiness zone 6a, and these are doing fine.
What is the best time of the year to plant raspberries?
Barry F on Jun 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Is this a primocane variety (prune by cutting to the ground every year?). What pruning guideline is best for this variety?
Sandra W on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Encore is a late-season floricane. One of our resident experts, Sarah DePass has written an outstanding guide about growing and pruning raspberries, including floricanes. You can read it here: ://
My very old stand of Latham red raspberries was overtaken by stem blight this year. I had had a little before but not like this. I want to start over with a more resistant variety. What do you suggest?
Mary K on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. While no raspberries have yet been developed with resistance to the three main types of cane blight, you do have a couple of alternatives.

You can treat your Latham raspberries with a copper fungicide, such as Bonide??:

Or you can plant a purple raspberry, which has some resistance to cane blight but is not technically consider "blight-resistant":

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic Berry flavor
Great berries in every way, sweet, acidic, prolific and just plain delicious
May 3, 2017
over 3 years ago
Best raspberries we have grown!
The best thing about these raspberries besides their taste is the firmness of the berries. They don't become too ripe on the bush as quickly as any of the other varieties we have tried and keep much better in storage after picking.
May 2, 2018
over 2 years ago
Amazing Results in My Berry Patch!
I am into my second year with these raspberries and couldn't be happier. They are full of not quite ripe berries at the moment and last year's were delicious. Every plant took well and are a great hangout for the bees.
June 26, 2017
over 3 years ago
Didn't work out
The plants lasted one month before the leaves turned brown and the plants died, one after the other. I planted them in different locations but it didn't matter. I don't know whether it was a virus, fungus or something I did or didn't do. I live on the Texas Gulf Coast whereI've had much better luck with blueberries, grapes and bananas.
May 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
So far so good
I planted three in the spring of 2019. First one had started budding out in transit. The second started budding out about an inch above ground level after a week. The third is sending up new growth from the roots, so they're 3 for 3. Looking forward to harvesting berries next year.
May 15, 2019
3 months ago
Encore Red Raspberry
Producing well after one year. Just had a nice handful on my banana pudding! Delicious berries.
June 7, 2018
over 2 years ago
Not thorn free.
This is the second year for my encore berries. I wanted thorn free and the description stated"nearly thornless canes". But the canes have tiny thorns all up the stark. Now the thorns may go away or not even bother in the harvesting of the berries. I will know more when this fruit ripens.
May 13, 2019
1 year ago
second season looking good!
This will be the second season. So far, the leaves are sprouting and looking healthy. This should be a good harvest.
May 3, 2018
over 2 years ago
It survived winter
This is the second year of growth. It survived the winter but did not flower in year two. The cane is about 3’ tall and growing but there will be no fruit this year.
May 1, 2019
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
I'm sorry to hear that your concerned with your raspberry. Sounds like your cane needs to be pruned. Please follow our growing guide instructions to ensure success.
May 2, 2019
Tabitha R