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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.

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
Love walking out to the garden and grabing a handful of red rasperries for my cereal!
Sally R on Oct 30, 2016
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
Heat tolerant disease resistant
Tom B on Jan 6, 2017
Norm K on Oct 27, 2016
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.
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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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
1 year ago
Fantastic Berry flavor
Great berries in every way, sweet, acidic, prolific and just plain delicious
May 3, 2017
1 year 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
1 year ago
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