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The earliest summer harvest, with a bonus harvest in fall. Enjoy easy-to-pick berries fresh from the patch or in desserts and jams. They also freeze well. This sturdy, erect variety is productive and vigorous. Disease-resistant to phytophthora root rot. Cold-hardy. Fall-bearing (everbearing) primocane with a bigger summer crop. Floricane berries ripen in June. Primocane berries ripen in September through frost. Self-pollinating. A licensed variety of Cornell University. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #11747 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 Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June And September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet, Juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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!

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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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Stark Bro's Store
These berries do well in Massachusetts. They grow vigorous canes that bear lots of delicious raspberries!
Marion L on Mar 11, 2016
These berries do well in Massachusetts. They grow vigorous canes that bear lots of delicious raspberries!
Marion L on Mar 11, 2016
Is this variety thornless?
C A on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Almost. :-) The thorns are very sparse.
Does this variety need to be staked or trellis trained?
Michael M on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's always a good idea to keep berry plants off the ground, for a number of reasons. Here is a very helpful article about growing primocane raspberries:

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We Love Prelude Red Raspberry Plants
We purchased several varieties of raspberries. The Prelude Raspberries grow and best and product the best. Great for fresh eating as well as jam. Highly recommend. Pam Burke
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
very pleased with Prelude Red Raspberry
I live in zone 5b and planted the Prelude Red Raspberry last fall. The plants had a small window to get established and managed to do so with a surprising show of leafing out and a handful of fruit before the frost came. They have wintered very well and by the end of April have already sent shoots outward with new starts coming up within 2 feet of the starter plant. I have shared starts with friends and am eager to see how they fruit this year. I'm hoping the maintenance will be minimal as I can see how the plant could become a bit out of control if the grower isn't familiar with how berry plants spread.
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
Early and tough
I've only had mine for a year, but they were the first to fruit and have held out pretty well with our clay soil and very wet year. Still fruiting in the middle of August. Definitely a keeper.
August 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Lots of raspberries
I planted this variety three summers ago. The first year someone got stuck by a thorn and cut them back so I got nothing. The second and third season however I got an early crop in Late June followed by a second harvest that went from late August through October. I prune them back to about a foot tall during the winter and fertilize them with Stark Bro's. Raspberry food. I also thin out the dead canes. I go out to the yard most mornings and harvest the ripe berries before the birds and squirrels get them. When fully ripe they are sweet and delicious!
February 2, 2017
1 year ago
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