Heritage everbearing red raspberry is a favorite for its flavor, firmness and fruit size. This variety produces abundant crops of large, sweet, dark red berries that are perfect for eating fresh, canning, freezing, or making jams and jellies. These self-supporting, upright canes are hearty enough to grow in poor soil, but requires a well-drained site.

This bush has two harvest seasons, with a moderate yield in July and a heavy yield in September until frost, making them everbearing. Floricane berries ripen in July and primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Red Heritage is cold-hardy and 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.

After planting, be sure to prune the bare-root canes back to about 2 inches above the ground. (This does not apply to potted raspberry plants.) Do not skip this step! It is a crucial factor in encouraging the roots to send up new growth during the growing season. It is in the nature of raspberry plants to send up new growth as suckers or basal shoots from below the ground. This means the canes that you plant may not be where you find signs of life or new growth. When it’s time to grow, you will see new sprouts emerge from the ground around where you planted the cane, and this growth is coming from the raspberry plant’s root system.

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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
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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!

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Tools & Supplies

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Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because it has two crops every summer. The larger crop is in September. By September all of the other canning has been done leaving this for last before winter.
Kris G on May 5, 2021
Love them!
Kathy K on May 1, 2021
Because it has two crops every summer. The larger crop is in September. By September all of the other canning has been done leaving this for last before winter.
Kris G on May 5, 2021
Grown before. Did well
Stephen G on May 2, 2021
Love them!
Kathy K on May 1, 2021
Already have this type.
Merrill H on Apr 30, 2021
We had this variety at our last home. It is a reliable and prolific performer. We wanted to star a new raspberry patch at our new home and we consider these to be the best.
Lawrence S on Apr 28, 2021
Double cropping
Richard B on Apr 28, 2021
Love the productivity and flavor of this "old fashioned' variety. Needed more than one plant of this variety to add to my garden
John K B on Apr 23, 2021
Plentiful fruit
Sharalee L on Apr 22, 2021
easily grown and good harvests
james w on Apr 22, 2021
Madison M on Apr 21, 2021
2 crops, good variety, read before you can mow off end of season. Other nursery out of stock. Food cost high, an I love these. Happy you had them. I???ve never ordered from you before, I do get your catalogs I believe.
Roxie on Apr 19, 2021
It was the variety I was looking for
Carol H on Apr 18, 2021
because the description says it will bear fruit in year 1
Katie A on Apr 16, 2021
You can harvest raspberries twice a year, Heritage is a hearty variety and easy to maintain.
Maureen C on Apr 11, 2021
Like the idea of heritage
Bud L on Apr 11, 2021
Love raspberries!
Tim W on Apr 8, 2021
Seemed the best choice for my area. Also looking forward to having 2 crops a year.
ROGER B on Apr 5, 2021
I already have these planted and love them, just wanted more. Thank you
Daniel K on Apr 2, 2021
I have had good luck with Heritage Red Raspberries and I wanted to increase the number of plants. Great taste and produces twice per season make this plant a definite winner!
Larry W on Apr 2, 2021
A consistent producer
Brenda B on Mar 29, 2021
From description and reviews of other customers
Steve P on Mar 24, 2021
They look pretty good!
Benjamin S on Mar 22, 2021
Space available
Bobby W on Mar 13, 2021
To grow Raspberries :)
Nathan G on Mar 13, 2021
I like the berry,
Robert C on Mar 12, 2021
Good for Kentucky
Kathleen A on Mar 11, 2021
Have not grown these. Wanted to try
Pamela M on Mar 9, 2021
Past experience
George J on Mar 7, 2021
appeared to be like the kind we had back on the farm years ago
Peter T on Feb 22, 2021
I wanted more raspberries .
Christine C on Feb 16, 2021
you can pick 2x a year
Catherine C on Feb 15, 2021
Previous experience with strand
Lee C on Feb 10, 2021
Wanted a variety of red rasberries
Pat T on Feb 9, 2021
The Word "Heritage"
Keith L on Jan 28, 2021
The Word "Heritage"
Keith L on Jan 27, 2021
Experimenting with a new variety to replace an old raspberry patch.
Michael W on Jan 24, 2021
i have purple raspberry plants on time harvest wanted some heavy summer long ones i have a nice large feed tub I will plant them in for good measure.
BENJAMIN L on Jan 22, 2021
honey bee garden
Jocelyn H on Jan 17, 2021
I am trusting in Stark's recommendation based on their reputation that it will be a good producer and I'd like to see two crops in one summer.
Steve on Jan 13, 2021
always gives me a second crop
Santa paul on Jan 6, 2021
Friend of mine grows the same kind of raspberries in his back yard.
ZSOLT T on Dec 21, 2020
I have these raspberries for 30 years. No maintenance and My family has loved them.
Patrick T on Dec 9, 2020
Both Heritage and Latham raspberries were suggested to me by an associate for last year's planting. My garden wasn't quite ready (a new garden) and almost all of the plants didn't survive the delay, even though they were kept moist and in a refrigerator. I was very kindly given credit for the non-surviving plants and I wish to try again this year.
Bill S on Dec 3, 2020
Out of all the various raspberrries and blackberries I have grown, the Red Heritage Raspberry produces the most berries and throughout most of the season.
Lee P on Dec 1, 2020
Because I have some in Maine and we love them !
Martha C on Oct 8, 2020
It was the only type left
ryan h on Oct 3, 2020
Want to garden.
Lawrence B on Sep 28, 2020
Known to be a good variety. It's everbearing, at least July and September fruiting.
Jim P on Sep 26, 2020
Good variety
James M on Sep 25, 2020
It's a standard variety that has a reputation for being a reliable bearer in my region. Also, it was available when I wanted to plant.
Kerrick G on Sep 13, 2020
Grown before. Did well
Stephen G on May 2, 2021
Already have this type.
Merrill H on Apr 30, 2021
is anyone growing these in containers on a patio?
chigirl on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I have mine in large cloth pots with pebbles at the bottom. I have three in a row next to one another and I wrap all three in one long sheet of frost fabric (I use staples to close the ends) for the winter and they did great! They kinda look like a mummy in my yard over the winter, haha!
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.
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.
Does this variety have thorns?
Mitch B on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Mitch: Yes, this variety does have thorns; short, thick thorns
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 the bare root fruit the first year?
Ann S on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it will take about 3 years to bear fruit if planted soon I did however get fruit last year from some two-year old elderberries purchased from Stark. Happy planting!
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.
Do the bushes have thorns?
jennifer k on Apr 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, they don't have thorns. Their stem is little bit hard, but not sharp. These are wonderful raspberries that have fruits all summer until late fall in Virginia. They grow very tall and each one of them has a lot of fruits. We love them. I have had them for several years, and my kids have been eating a lot of raspberries!
How do you ship it to us? Packet of seeds or a plant
Dran R on Mar 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Good question, Dan. The raspberries come as dormant bare root plants. That means no soil on roots. Soak them in water for about an hour or so, then plant. In the mean time, as soon as you can, get your soil worked, up. Site them in full sun with lots of compost. Good luck and enjoy. I'm in my late 60's from southern Iowa. I remember my grandfather ordering nursery stock fri Stark Bros. Good resource. You can't go wrong.
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
Does Red Heritage have thorns?
Martha N on Feb 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Martha,

Yes Heritage Raspberries do have thorns. But they are nothing like wild roses or even wild black raspberries both of which we have on our property here in Northern Illinois. When removing old canes I use simple leather work gloves with no issues.

BTW in my opinion Heritage are the best red raspberries. I hope this helps.

Best Regards, JMS
Do these have thorns?
Jean S on Mar 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Very small thorns that are no problem when picking the berry.
Is the bare root just one plant? What does pkg 3 $15.99 mean?
Alisha B on Mar 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You will get three plants. They will be bare root. I followed planting directions and they grew beautifully.
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 ?
hammer on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: StarkBos have an excellent bulletin on pruning. I advise you look at it and also contact yourr local Extension Agency for its free bulletins. Be certain to use very sharp pruners and pruning saw and remove all suckers arising beneath the graph
Can you plant 2 or 3 varieties in one garden?
Linda F on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My patch is approximate 6 X 24 I have 6 different varieties and have had good success. Need to pay attention to keeping soil loose, light mulch and moderate moisture.I also use Stark Bros raspberry fertilizer.
Are these thornless?
Amy M on Aug 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. These are not thornless. However, I personally don't find the thorns on this variety to be all that sharp. I usually pick the berries without gloves, but you can use gloves if you are worried about the thorns.
when is good time to plant for zip code 19518 in pennsylvania?
David on Oct 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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
Are these thorn free?
Sue S on Aug 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: These have smallish thorns/prickles but thorns all the same.
Where are you located?
Tomi T on Jun 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Stark Bro's headquarters are in Louisiana, Missouri.
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.
Do you have raspberry plants for Zone 9?
Alan B on Apr 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Alan, Check out the Anne Yellow or Encore Red Raspberry. They are both suitable for zone 9.
Are there thornless raspberry plants?
Anita P on Apr 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi Anita, The Joan J Primocane Red Raspberry is a thornless raspberry plant.

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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 6 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 6 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 6 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 5 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 6 years ago
Heritage Raspberry bushes - love/hate relationship
These bare root raspberries I bought last year produced a bit of fruit in June and then a lot of berries in Sept/Oct. I cut them all the way back in Jan of this year and they have filled up the bed - I'm going to have a ton of fruit this season. I only gave it 4 stars as the bushes have produced thorns and I thought this was supposed to be "thornless" I live near Austin, TX - people are surprised I have raspberries!
May 18, 2016
over 6 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 6 years ago