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Royalty Purple Raspberry

Available Spring 2018

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Description

Our perfect purple raspberry! Plant is vigorous, hearty and resistant to insects. Yields large, sweet berries with great flavor. Fruit never fades, even when canned or frozen. Cold-hardy. Late-summer bearing. Ripens in August. 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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest August
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.8
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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.

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have some already and love them. Wanted some more!
Karen B on Mar 18, 2017
I haven't ever seen a raspberry this color - they'll add variety to the other color raspberries I already have. I hope they taste as good as they look :)
Laura K on May 29, 2016
I have some already and love them. Wanted some more!
Karen B on Mar 18, 2017
We grew this raspberry at our previous home and it's as good as it is pretty.
Carroll J on Feb 20, 2017
I haven't ever seen a raspberry this color - they'll add variety to the other color raspberries I already have. I hope they taste as good as they look :)
Laura K on May 29, 2016
Have grown these before, and their taste is fabulous. I'm hoping they'll grow as well for me in NM as they do in NY.
Gail G on May 23, 2016
purple, self pollinating
Caleb M on May 16, 2016
had it before, loved the fruit
Fred B on Apr 12, 2016
Unique color
David F on Mar 6, 2016
I liked the look of the purple raspberry.
CRAIG W on Mar 3, 2016
We grew this raspberry at our previous home and it's as good as it is pretty.
Carroll J on Feb 20, 2017
Have grown these before, and their taste is fabulous. I'm hoping they'll grow as well for me in NM as they do in NY.
Gail G on May 23, 2016
how tall does the purple raspberry grow and how do you prune this variety?
wendy susan on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine are 6-8 feet long, I recommend a way to attach them.
Pruning: let the canes who grew last year produce fruit the next spring then cut them down.
Bought these this spring. Do I need to stake to keep plants off the ground?
Gon4elk on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I recommend raising these on a treless
Just wondering if this berry plant is thornless? Thanks, Mike.
Michael M on Oct 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No! It is very spiky (but tasty)...wear gloves.
I have had these for about 6 years and have tone of new growth sprouts , when and how do I thin and transplant .also when is the best time to prune . I am in zone 7b?
Catherine C on Jul 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I usually prune the fruiting canes right after they finish bearing...in 6b, that's around July. You can transplant sprouts in the spring or fall, with fall usually producing the best results due to giving the new sprouts all winter to develope stronger roots. Good luck with your plants!
I've been trying to grow these for years. Prolific plants with good size berries but no flavor at all. What's wrong?
Julia on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Two common things can cause lack of flavor in raspberries: Not enough light (they need at least 6-8 hours of full sun) and too much water. The third cause could be lack of necessary soil nutrients, so you may want to test your soil and consider fertilizing if you haven't already.

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Large berries with a good taste
These are really nice berries. They have a nice taste and the plants have a very distinct appearance, with the leaves looking almost black.
May 13, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
First Time Ordering!
We had already ordered raspberry plants from another nursery this spring which arrived in extremely poor condition. Our order from Stark arrived today and I am thrilled both with the quality of the packaging and also the appearance of the plants. The bare rooted plants look extremely healthy and the Pink Lemonade blueberry arrived without losing a single leaf! Can't wait to pick!!
April 29, 2016
I Love Raspberries!
Finally broke down and got some Royalty Purple Raspberries. Very nice stock, and on a couple of them the roots are huge, and longer than the cane. Stark Bro's is making my life very easy! Try these raspberries. Everything purple is good for you! Thank You!
February 20, 2016
My favorite berry
These produce well and are easy to grow. The flavor is great when ripe or underripe
August 12, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
vigorous and delicious
This plant produced a big crop even in it's first fall! Not many berries ripened because of the planting location (not enough sun that time of year), but I'm so excited to see so many buds already this year and can't wait to eat them! I had quite a few last year but they never made it into the house :)
This plant does produce quite a few suckers, but most are within a 3 foot radius. Easy enough to take care of for me.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great addition
Berry thrived right away. Now in its second year. Lots of new growth. Put out a few berries the first year and they are delicious. The flavor changes as they get darker. I plan to add to the patch next year. These will replace one of my other varieties.
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Royal raspberries
Best raspberries I have ever eaten or bought. They are simply awesome.
May 2, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Royalty Purple lives up to its name!
I have grown many different varieties of raspberries and this one has to be on the top of the list! Very hardy, good harvest on last year's new plants and the taste is robust! No watery mush here. It grows great here on the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee where weather can change quickly. Highly recommended!
June 4, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Royalty Purple Raspberry
My wife likes purple raspberry's very much so I bought them. They arrived well packaged and with a good root system. I planted them according to instructions. Though it was a dry summer, they seemed to thrive, We actually got a few berries! This spring the canes are strong and healthy looking. I expect to get a fairly good crop of the delicious berries.
May 14, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Raspberries.
A super great berry. Large and sweet. I live in a hot part of the country so a give them a shade in the afternoons with a extra drink of water. Sadly I lost all my berry plants in the Valley Fire last September but will be replanting as soon as my house and landscaping is finished.
August 17, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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