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Description

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 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.

Characteristics

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
Because it is "primocane" and "thornless".
MARY B on May 12, 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
Few thorns, long productivity, healthy
Shain S on May 7, 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
Thornless
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
Univ study confirmed this variety does great in Colorado
Carol B on Jun 1, 2018
Few thorns, long productivity, healthy
Shain S on May 7, 2018
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: I have the Joan J variety. They will grow over 4 Ft tall and will need support. I trellis mine to keep the canes and fruit off of the ground. Happy growing! Tom from Cleveland ohio
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 Brothers....do 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...

Enjoy!
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: You definitely need some support. I have a couple of fan trellis and I also used a bamboo stake and some twine.
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.
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.
Will these plants spread as they grow?
Seth S on Jan 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they do spread!

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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
Amazing
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
Purchased
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
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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
WowBerries!
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
Purchased
over 3 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
Good flavor
Good berry producer. No problems surviving Ohio winters. Canes stay upright and do not need a trellis.
May 5, 2016
Purchased
over 4 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
Purchased
over 3 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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great Raspberry
Prolific, healthy plants produce a very tasty berry. Fruits all the way up to first frost.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago