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Heritage Red Raspberry

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Harvest raspberries your first year. This variety produces abundant crops of large, sweet, dark red berries that are perfect for eating fresh, canning, freezing, or making jams and jellies. Self-supporting, upright canes are hearty enough to grow in poor soil, but requires a well-drained site. Cold-hardy. Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in July. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University.

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 Medium
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 Tart, Mild
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
The climate was correct and it's a smaller-sized bush at maturity.
Jennifer W on Oct 9, 2018
We grew this variety when I was a child, and I have expanded my garden in hopes of growing raspberries.
Diane U on Sep 20, 2018
The climate was correct and it's a smaller-sized bush at maturity.
Jennifer W on Oct 9, 2018
Looking for a cold climate variety. I like that it is developed by Cornell University.
James M on Oct 8, 2018
We grew this variety when I was a child, and I have expanded my garden in hopes of growing raspberries.
Diane U on Sep 20, 2018
Self supporting upright canes
Donna H on Sep 6, 2018
Grown them for about 15 years and they produced very well.
William W on Jun 9, 2018
For a living fence that I can eat!
Vee K on Apr 28, 2018
I wanted to plant a second bed. We really like the plants we have.
REBECCA C on Apr 22, 2018
I planted this variety, ordered from you, in 2016. Folks are amazed at the yield and convenience of these. We harvest the early crop and well into the fall. I am expanding to a new plot. I will grow some of these as fall-bearing only and use Prelude for the early crop.
Katherine O on Feb 23, 2018
I have these in my own garden and the plants have produced abundantly for over 20 years.
John D on Jun 9, 2017
Have grown them for years, and find them satisfactory in all respects, especially flavor.
Therese E on May 27, 2017
My thesis on irrigation management at Penn State used this variety of Raspberry in my research so I am familiar with its cultivation
William G on May 6, 2017
Review from East Tennessee grower.
RONNIE H on Apr 13, 2017
I had a large heritage patch for 30 years. It was successful
Harold O on Apr 12, 2017
From experience. They are extremely good bearing and bear for a long time.
JAMES E on Apr 9, 2017
Because it gives fruit 2 times
Patricia D on Apr 2, 2017
Bears twice per year, so we're looking forward to having raspberries in summer and again in fall.
Jeremy H on Mar 15, 2017
I wanted the typical old-timey raspberry.
KATJA M on Mar 14, 2017
Berries with good taste TWICE a year!
P R on Mar 13, 2017
Have tasted them and they were so sweet. I am also wanting to trying growing them myself in my little backyard garden.
Sherrie B on Mar 3, 2017
Recommended as best one for New Mexico. Easy care, don't have to build a trellis, bears each year, can cut it down after bearing each year.
Jeanette M on Feb 10, 2017
It is on the Missouri Agricultural Extension's list of reliable cultivars for Missouri.
Diana L K on Sep 13, 2016
Very productive plants with strong canes. As others have probably noted, if you cut them back in late fall they tend to produce much better the following year. They'll spread in time, so be prepared to transplant a few.
Jon R on Jul 20, 2016
This product is great for my zone and had lots of positive reviews. My dear friend had an awesome raspberry patch and I have lots of great memories of that!
Elizabeth S on Jul 12, 2016
Nothing more satisfying than growing your own berries. very expensive in grocery stores. growing your own is more delicious anyhow
Aaron J on Jun 18, 2016
Known to survive our winters in the Rocky mt. at 8000 ft
Raymon S on Jun 16, 2016
I understand they have a longer season of production.
PATRICIA G on Jun 6, 2016
I enjoyed them before. I had several of these brambles at a previous home and enjoyed lots of delicious berries
David K on Jun 4, 2016
I've grown Heritage Raspberries in a public park for the past 5 years, as a pick and eat patch; low maintenance, disease free, heavy bearing. Because they spread by root, we have hosted huge giveaways, of starts, each spring, of starts. Sadly, our landscape contractor applied herbicide to the entire patch, so we are starting over, and Heritage can't be beat!
Michele D on Jun 2, 2016
They grow upright like blackberry bushes and it is possible for them to bear a significant number of berries even in their first year. Useful for borders around the fences or house. Can also be grown in pots.
Sharifur S on May 25, 2016
Recommended by brother
Debra P on May 10, 2016
Have grown in the past. Good hardy variety with two harvests per year
Timothy M on Apr 20, 2016
Wanted to try out raspberries that easy to care and will yield good fruits
Ivy N on Apr 20, 2016
Because I love them.
Anna G on Apr 18, 2016
Was a raspberry I had heard about and my daughter loves red raspberry's.
CAROLYN H on Apr 15, 2016
I've grown these raspberries before in Montana, and once established, they are very aggressive growers and provide fresh fruit over a longer period of time. They also are more bushy than other varieties and don't need supports.
JEFFREY J on Apr 13, 2016
My father-in-law grew these raspberries for the past few years and they are very hearty and grow and replenish all summer into the cold weather and are a great tasting berry.
Carrie H on Mar 24, 2016
Have grown them in the past and they bear a huge harvest plus they taste great.
KEVIN B on Mar 20, 2016
have had heritage for years. good and reliable
Linda L on Mar 19, 2016
I've planted this variety in the past and was happy with it.
GUY S on Mar 16, 2016
Had good success with this variety at a previous house.
EDMUND S on Mar 13, 2016
Want something prolific and easy to care for.
Gary G on Mar 12, 2016
I wanted a raspberry that would yield 2 crops per year.
Lauri P on Mar 12, 2016
They are delicious and can handle neglect, dogs, and well-meaning amateurs.
Caron W on Mar 8, 2016
desire early ripening, relatively...
edward r on Mar 1, 2016
Looking for a cold climate variety. I like that it is developed by Cornell University.
James M on Oct 8, 2018
Self supporting upright canes
Donna H on Sep 6, 2018
is anyone growing these in containers on a patio?
chigirl on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am growing these in a container currently, in a pot a bit smaller than a 5 liquid gallon bucket. So far it seems to be doing fine. I mixed my own potting soil for it. I did bring it inside a couple times for late spring unseasonable low temps.
What is meant by primo cane?
Vicki S on Jun 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: New canes that come up in the spring are called primocanes. If the variety is "ever-bearing," those canes will bear fruit later that same season; then they will have a second fruiting the following spring or early summer (depending on your area). In this "second year," the canes are called floricanes. After this second fruiting, these floricanes die. About the same time, you should notice new canes (primocanes) appearing, and the cycle starts all over again.

If the raspberries are not an ever-bearing variety, they will not fruit that first season on the primocanes; they will not fruit until the following spring/early summer, on the floricanes. At this point the floricanes will die, new canes should appear in your stand, and the cycle repeats.

Thus, ever-bearing raspberries have two fruiting times: in the late summer/early autumn, on the primocanes, and then again in the spring/early summer, on the floricanes, after which they die.
Are these raspberries seedless?
marianne h on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've never seen a seedless raspberry, but they don't bother me. If you must, strain the juice and make jelly. I prefer fresh or in baked goods as whole as possible.
My heritage red raspberries have come up all over the garden box and look like they need thinning???
Linda D on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I agree with Abby....who wouldn't want as many red raspberries as possible! But if you think the berries are too small, it's possible there is too much competition among the canes. Also,if you notice mold on the leaves, the canes could be too close, impeding good air circulation.. In either case, you'd probably do well to thin the stand.
Does this variety have thorns?
Mitch B on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes there are thorns on each limb. This did not keep any child from harvesting a quick handful of berries.
do they make a seedless ?
michael G on May 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No- raspberries do not come in seedless. If you want a seedless jam, you will need to strain out the seeds.
Will a bare root plant provide berries in 1st season? If not, will the 1 gallon plant fruit the first year?
Katie on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My Heritage Red did provide some berries the first season, though not many. I am now beginning the second season and there are LOTS of new canes coming up, so this second year there should be many more berries. The first year only one cane came up from the root, so I only got the berries on that one cane. This year there are more than ten canes per plant.
Are there any advantages to choosing the 1-gallon container over the bare root?
Rajib P on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought bare root plants last year and they are doing really well. I don't see a difference or an advantage to potted plants
Is fall a good time to plant Heritage Red Raspberry or better in Spring?
Louis P on Sep 25, 2018
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. Fall is a great time to plant because temperatures moderate more slowly and give the plant time to acclimate.
Are these raspberry plants straight canes?
Grandma A on Sep 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I would say reasonably straight when compared to the purple variety for
example. Heritage suckers prolifically so you end up with many, many canes
that do best when staked together.
We mowed down our heritage raspberries in the fall. This summer we have not had even one berry. What did we do wrong?
Jeri F on Sep 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The first crop of fruit in June/July comes from the canes that were new the previous spring (that were mowed down). You should get the fall crop that comes from the new canes that grew in the spring.

I cut canes down after they have friuted twice and have turned brown instead of green. Those won't fruit again. Leave the green canes for summer fruit the next year.
how is the best way to prune ?
Jerrold J on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I cut back all the dead brambles from the previous years and pull out the dry dead stalks in the spring so new growth can take their place. You can also cut all stalks down after all fruit is off in fall to about 4 to 6 inches. I also keep them well weeded and watered.
Can you transplant raspberries in the fall?
Charlie on Jun 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Raspberries transplant best when they are dormant. For your fresh, first year canes this could be after they have stopped growing for the season. For second year canes you would want to wait until you have harvested the fall crop. Best time to transplant is generally late fall or early spring. Transplanting is a shock to any plant but done right they will recover well. Good soil prep and proper watering will help them adapt to their new home quickly. Hope this helps.
I have heavy clay soil, plan on amending with compost and shredded leaves from last fall, will that be sufficient for new raspberry plants?
Al H on Apr 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have similar soil....I worked in peat moss and manure last spring before planting the bare root planting stalks. This year they're going it must have worked. Good luck.
Can you plant 2 or 3 varieties in one garden?
Linda F on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As long as you don't include black raspberries in the variety...
You say to not plant close to black raspberries, what about blackberries?
steve s on May 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Wild blackberries are growing along a creek bank about 100' from my Heritage Red Raspberries planted in May 2016. No indications of any problems to date. In fact, the red raspberries are doing great. I have them planted in raised beds with two-level cross-arm wire supports to keep the canes from falling over and aiding in harvesting the berries. Also used 1/2" PVC pipe to make hoops to allow me to put on soft netting to keep the birds, deer and other critters from eating all the fruit. Hope this helps.
How often and when do you fertilize heritage raspberries?
Nicky on Oct 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Fertilize lightly around January and then again lightly in May. They do not like excessive amounts of water so if you must water them then do it once a week if no rain is in the forecast.
Are these perennials ?
Peter S on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The crowns and roots of raspberry plants are perennial, but individual canes live two years. Each spring, the plants produce canes (suckers) from buds on the crown and on underground lateral stems.
What kind of soil that's sold in stores can use for this raspberry plant?
Daniel P on Jun 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: To plant in the ground, any good packaged garden soil will work. We don't recommend the moisture-retaining brands as they can cause root rot in berry plants. The soil will likely require a little acidifier to get it to the right pH, which is slightly acidic at between 5.5 and 6.5.
is this everbearing?
george on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
I have an old raspberry bed that is not doing well because a helper fought weeds with a chemical - also killing or stunting the Heritage raspberries. The chemical was two years ago. Can I plant new plants now? Any suggestions for preventing weeds, especially Bind Weed?
Bruce H on Mar 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I suggest replacing the soil first and then replant. If it was roundup you can probably plant now. Heavy mulch can help keep weeds down but you still gotta weed; if comes with the territory
How old is this variety and where did it originate?
Mari N on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The actual variety was discovered in New York in 1969 and is a cross of three other varieties: (Milton x Cuthbert) x Durham. It was developed and introduced by Cornell University.
What is the yield per plant? How many quarts per plant or pounds per plant?
H Phil K on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yield will of course depending upon the amount of sun, rainfall and nutrients available to the plant, and the quality of the soil - but you can expect 1-2 quarts per plant.
I planted these a few weeks ago, together with two other varieties (one yellow, one purple). The others show signs of life but this variety does not show any green or new canes yet. When do they typically start growing canes in the spring?
aendruh on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Dormant plants can take up to 6 weeks before they show signs of new growth. If you did not prune the canes back to 2 inches above the soil, then bear in mind the new growth may not appear from the dormant canes, but instead from the raspberry roots. This is the nature of raspberry plants, so be careful not to mistake this new growth as weeds.

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The BEST red raspberry!
We purchased 25 Heritage red raspberry plants three years ago and now we have more red raspberries than we can use. I strongly suggest that you adopt the total cut back technique. At the end of the season after winter cold has killed all the leaves cut back the canes to within about 4 inches of the ground. In our northern climate we then start picking in September and the berries keep coming until well into November. The yield is higher this way.

Heritage is also great because it requires no trellising. The canes stand up nice and tall even when loaded with berries. I fertilize the canes once early in the season and then again in August as the fruit is developing. Keep your patch weeded for best results.

A last thought: Once your original patch is established (the plants spread out) it is easy to use a spade to transplant some plants to expand your berry patch.

March 7, 2016
over 3 years ago
Healthy and Vigorous
I have grown these for many years. I ordered some from another company and they came up with rust, so I pulled them up, burned them and prayed my soil would be okay. I planted 2 beds of these with Caroline as a pollinator, which I have done for many year, and they are sturdy healthy plants with plenty of green leaves and flowers. I know from experience that the fruit on these will be just great! I just cut them down to the ground in the late fall, thin them in the spring to 6 inches per cane and they do great. Also I keep these away from tomatoes, don't use the same gloves, spray my tools with a clorox mixture before digging or weeding. In short, I keep them away from other plants and possible diseases they may carry. Raspberries catch things from other plants. When I start a new bed, I order new plants, never start with the old plants, never take plants from other people.
June 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Wonderful Product
This is a very prolific berry and excellent for the home gardener. If I had more room, I would get more. The only negative is that if you don't keep them in the boundaries you establish, they will spread all over. They are delicious, hardy, and keep well. Also froze well. Couldn't be happier with these!
May 19, 2016
over 3 years ago
Heritage raspberry
These grow great in Montana with lots of berries so many we have to give them away. They are a bit hard to keep contained in there beds they want to send underground runners out as far a 8 feet away.
May 4, 2016
over 4 years ago
Every plant that I purchased is still alive.I bought nine plants to start a raspberry patch and now I have more than double . This is the second season for them.I couldn't be more pleased.
May 9, 2016
over 3 years ago
Heritage Red Raspberry
Our new Heritage raspberries are growing after a long lag (2 weeks). Of the 12 planted, only 1 is not possibly growing, probably delayed. I am very satisfied with the results. It is curious that the majority have new shoots grow from the top, the others from the bottoms only.
Sam Fogel
May 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great plants– got tons of raspberries my first year!
These plants took off right away. I got tons of raspberries my first fall and now this spring they're growing like mad again.
May 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
Heritage Red Raspberry
I like this type of raspberry very much. The plans stand upon their own without being supported and they produce many new plants. The best part is their plentiful fruiting. The berries are large, juicy and two crops per season.
August 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
Good for east Tennessee
This variety does very well in my east Tennessee garden. I have issues with disease on other varieties, but this one so far has been very healthy and resistant to whatever is affecting the others. It is also very vigorous in its spread and a very good producer of two crops a year. One early and the other in late summer/early fall. Nice tasting fruit, too, but not the best I have ever had. However, I would rather have a lot of good fruit from an easy care healthy plant than one or two great tasting berries from a plant that struggles and limps along.
August 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
These guys produced fruit the first summer and are spreading like crazy this spring.
May 4, 2016
over 3 years ago