Joan J Primocane Red Raspberry

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Large, delicious, and easy to pick. This thornless raspberry variety produces high yields of tasty, firm berries from stout canes. A terrific choice for northern fruit-gardens. Joan Squire x Teri-Louise. 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 USPP #18,954 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.

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 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.


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
large fruit, thornless, my zone
Laura H on Sep 7, 2019
It was thornless, the berries are large, and it grows in my zone.
Nadine M on Aug 31, 2019
large fruit, thornless, my zone
Laura H on Sep 7, 2019
no thorns
Vince on Sep 1, 2019
It was thornless, the berries are large, and it grows in my zone.
Nadine M on Aug 31, 2019
I chose these based on many, many reviews over the amazing taste. I also wanted a thornless raspberry that was a primocane.
Shelia R on Apr 28, 2019
I wanted a primocane raspberry because of the summer and fall harvest and these berries were on sale.
Susan S on Apr 28, 2019
Raspberries are expensive
Hassan K on Apr 27, 2019
I chose NJ red raspberry because of the review and the characteristics of the variety.
Yvonne T on Apr 26, 2019
Thornless is a hit!
Ronnie W on Mar 26, 2019
Ordered previously and liked them.
Dave J on Mar 16, 2019
Best reviews - new to raspberries, but like the fact of erect canes, long fruiting season, and thornless.
Andrew K on Mar 14, 2019
Large red, flavorful berries.
Rick H on Mar 14, 2019
I wanted a thornless raspberry
Arthur Q on Mar 13, 2019
thornless option
ISAIAS O on Mar 8, 2019
Yummy looking fruit, no thorns and cold hardy.
Kimberly S on Feb 27, 2019
New Mexico State University recommends this for my location.
DENNIS C on Feb 5, 2019
looking for something tasty thought id check these out
ROBERT L on Dec 27, 2018
I LOVE raspberries. We make jams and cheesecake topping with raspberries. This is are go to summer flavor in the winter. Nothing like wonderful raspberries on a cold snowwwwy day.
Kathleen K on Aug 2, 2018
I ordered some earlier this spring and they're already producing a few berries in early June, zone 7B. Excellent flavor, sweet and rather large berry. Have been trying different varieties for the best flavor, and this is it so far. I love Stark's quality for plants and fruit trees. Always great quality.
Sandy on Jun 5, 2018
Univ study confirmed this variety does great in Colorado
Carol B on Jun 1, 2018
Because it is "primocane" and "thornless".
MARY B on May 12, 2018
Wanted large berries on thornless plants. This looked like it will work fine.
carol s on May 5, 2018
Great success with an order two years ago. Recommended.
Eric M on May 4, 2018
thornless, long fruiting, and red raspberry jelly is my families favorite
Amy H on May 3, 2018
wanted some thornless raspberries. After my experience with thornless blackberries I was sold
Stephen M on Apr 24, 2018
Large berries, recommended by a friend as a variety that doesn't send out as many runners as the heritage which I normally purchase
Richard G on Mar 5, 2018
I purchased three plants last year, and they produced fruit within a couple of months of planting. Very little effort was required for them to thrive, and three plants fed my very hungry 6 and 2 year old boys all summer long. The fruit is very sweet! We ordered more plants this year in the hope of canning some fruit. Most importantly they are THORNLESS!
Britt B on Dec 27, 2017
because it is ouchless
RUTH B on Apr 30, 2017
We want big berries that produce more than once a year and this variety was recommended by other gardners.
Julie B on Mar 21, 2017
Thornless. Like red raspberries. Ordered Thornless blackberries a long time ago and very satisfied. Hoping these are as good.
David A on Mar 18, 2017
Looking for a thornless variety my kids can pick!
LOURDES A on Mar 13, 2017
GUDRUN S on Mar 12, 2017
Thornless, hardy, stark product
Albert S on Mar 9, 2017
Wanted a primocane variety with good flavor and yields.
Ron M on Feb 27, 2017
I wanted the primocane variety
PAMELA C on Feb 25, 2017
I like that it will produce at year one and is cold hardy.
Nestor G on Feb 2, 2017
Wanted to try a thorn-less variety and the reviews sounded good.
Deborah S on Jan 19, 2017
I chose Joan J red raspberry because I want to have a cross-pollinator for my Himbo Top red raspberry primocanes. I have been having considerable success with red raspberries in zone 7b, so I'm just increasing the variety at this time.
martha d on Jan 9, 2017
thornless and big
Cheryl S on Jun 20, 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
no thorns
Vince on Sep 1, 2019
I chose these based on many, many reviews over the amazing taste. I also wanted a thornless raspberry that was a primocane.
Shelia R on Apr 28, 2019
Just wondering if this berry is thornless? Thanks, Mike>
Michael M on Oct 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are thornless???which we love!
Would these berry plants grow well, and produce in 24" half barrel pots?
Kathy W on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not! I might even suggest adding some sort of (temporary) support structure above the barrel, like a tomato cage or something similar, so the raspberry canes can be propped up when they're heavy with fruit.
How important it is to trellis these?
Bradley R on Jun 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Very important, they grow fast and tall.
Do the Joan J's need to be cut down in the fall?
Steven S on Nov 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It depends on when you want the plants to produce. If you cut all the canes down at the end of the year, then you'll get one concentrated harvest of berries in the late summer/fall of the next year. I cut the second-year canes down and leave the first-year canes standing so I get berry production spread out through most of the spring, summer and fall. Either way, make sure you have a good trellis system set up for the canes because they break easily.
do the vines need support?
Bob D on Apr 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do...just like a child - 'train them in the way to grow'.
Pruning for shape is good idea, so they don't overtake the other plants.
JM 5-4-19
Will they grow in clay soil?
Becky B on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but not vigorously. You would be well-served to buy some bagged composted manure at your local garden center, spread it where you???re planting your berries, and spade it in before planting. Makes it easier for the roots/rhizomes to spread over time, and gives the plants the stuff they need to put up vigorous canes with lots of fruit.
R they thornless?
Lyn M on Apr 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Are they thornless?

Yes, no thorns on mine from Starks not be worried that they come as "small sticks"...they grow quickly asking very little other than some sun, water, and fertilizer in spring. Otherwise, leave them alone and you'll have berries the first year (small amount) but by year 2 on, a very good crop.....sweet, big and not like anything in the store. They spread a bit (like any variety) so put in an area where that is ok....and I love Stark Brothers, my family (Maine) has used them for years; great plants and if rarely an issue, they stand behind you...

dO the primo cane plants sucker ?
Neil W on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I understood I was to pick off the newest of the suckers so the rest of the plant could retain the nutrients and the berries be larger. If they are off the plant, replant to another area. I have done this several times, looking great.
Jeanine 5-4-19
do the roots send out suckers that would expand the growing area each year?
dennis f on Feb 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I've only planted a few individual plants but I now have a whole row of these
raspberry plants.
Hi I have a back yard with pine trees. Will that make growing raspberries more difficult? Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!
Lora W on Feb 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Pine tree drop needles and evenly self-compost, making the canopy soil more acidic. Raspberries like their soil pH between 5.5 and 6.5 (slightly acidic), but over time, the pine needles may have made the pH lower than that. Do a soil test and amend the soil with lime until you get it in the right range. Also make sure you plant the raspberries in full sun, out of the shade of the pine trees.
Will these plants spread as they grow?
Seth S on Jan 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they do spread!
are these plants one or two year ?
big R on Mar 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I planted these in the spring and they produced berries in the fall. You do not cut the can down but leave they to grow new shoots and both will bear berries in the spring and again in the fall.These are wonderful large and sweet. Good choice.
I have Triple Crown blackberries that will root if their cane tip touches the ground.. Will thornless Raspberries do the same?
Jim on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My black raspberries root if the cane tip touches. It's really spreading around that way. My red raspberries seem to travel underground more, have not seen the cane top propagation but they haven't been in for nearly as long as the black ones.
Do you expect to have these in yet this year? Would really like to get some thornless raspberries planted this year...
Darlene on Apr 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This item is currently out of stock, but we hope to make it available again soon. Supplies will be limited when it does return, so make sure you don't miss out by requesting an availability email above. We'll automatically notify you when it's back in stock.
Is this going to be back in stock soon?
Barry on Feb 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

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!

Can raspberries be grown in containers?
Bert H on Apr 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: "Regular" raspberries don't produce particularly well in containers; we would recommend a variety like Raspberry Shortcake, which is meant to be grown in a container. No thorns. :-) Here is a link to that page: //

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
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
over 6 years ago
Only variety I now grow
These are some of the largest berries I've ever grown. They require little support and produce a lot of suckers. I have never sprayed these plants - I have zero problems with disease. They begin to fruit in July and continue giving berries well into the Fall. I cut them to the ground before Winter. I've grown Caroline (also nice berries) and Heritage, but these are my favorite.
August 24, 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 7 years ago
1 Year review of Joan J raspberry Plants
I planted these in a border along the west side of my house spring 2016. They started to send up shoots soon after planting. They are primocane and I didn't expect to get much fruit this year. I planted Anne last year and got a few at the end of the season and expected the same from Joan J. Well i was pleasantly surprised by the flowers that started August. By September I got to try them and they are sweet yet mellow. I'm picky about raspberries, if they aren't ripe enough I don't like them if they are too mushy i don't like them... these are plump, firm and delicious. The one thing I noticed was that the fruit likes to break apart, its not a problem for me but thought it worth noting. I live in Western NY zone 5-6ish and we are having a mild start to winter, but we've had many frosts and 3 inches of snow during thanksgiving week, so I figured all the fruit that was trying to ripen would be done for... nope I picked 2 hand fulls of ripe berries yesterday. I probably got in total over the year, 8 pints from three plants.
December 5, 2016
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
over 6 years ago
The Perfect Fruit
When I received 12 plants last year they didn't look like much, just sticks with a few trailing roots. I planted them in a trench. They just sat there for quite a while, and then exploded. Very bountiful harvest Aug almost through Thanksgiving. I recommend highly.
August 7, 2016
over 6 years ago
Good flavor
Good berry producer. No problems surviving Ohio winters. Canes stay upright and do not need a trellis.
May 5, 2016
over 6 years 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
over 6 years ago
Great Raspberry
Prolific, healthy plants produce a very tasty berry. Fruits all the way up to first frost.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago