Contact Us800.325.4180Live Chat Free Shipping on all orders $99 or more! Quick Order
WARNING: The web browser you're using may be outdated and insecure. Read more »

Joan J Primocane Red Raspberry

This item is out of stock.

Supplies are limited so make sure you don't miss out next time by having us automatically notify you when it becomes available again.


Large, delicious, and easy to pick. This thornless raspberry variety produces high yields of tasty, firm berries from stout canes. Joan Squire x Teri-Louise. A terrific choice for northern fruit-gardens. 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 U.S.P.P. #18954 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 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.

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.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

You don't pay until it ships.

We work hard to make sure that your order arrives at the ideal time for planting in your location. That's why we only ship living products during certain times of the year. Order now and your credit card won't be charged until your climate is suitable for planting success and your order is shipped.

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

Every order comes with our promise of satisfaction. If you aren't completely satisfied with your order, let us know within one year for a free one-time replacement or refund.


We've 'tagged' this item with specific keywords that help you find other products that share features or characteristics with this one. Select a tag below to view all the items that have that particular trait.

Questions & Answers

Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 5 questions Browse 5 questions and 24 answers
Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
because it is ouchless
RUTH B on Apr 30, 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
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
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
Looking for a thornless variety my kids can pick!
LOURDES A on Mar 13, 2017
Just wondering if this berry is thornless? Thanks, Mike>
Michael M on Oct 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It states in the description that it is thornless.
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 are vigorous growers and their canes will not support their own weight when they start to bear fruit...first hand experience speaking :(
dO the primo cane plants sucker ?
Neil W on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They do seem to produce suckers, but not nearly as aggressively as some other varieties I've planted. So far I'm only seeing a few.

Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
25 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
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
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 2 years ago
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 2 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
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 3 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
Good flavor
Good berry producer. No problems surviving Ohio winters. Canes stay upright and do not need a trellis.
May 5, 2016
over 3 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 2 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 2 years ago
Great Raspberry
Prolific, healthy plants produce a very tasty berry. Fruits all the way up to first frost.
May 18, 2016
over 2 years ago
Bicentennial Deals