The Raspberry Agrochic | Hi latina

Fleshy berries or fruits such as strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, among others, are very popular in gardens and orchards because of their ease of planting, harvesting and consuming directly from the plant. In addition to its beautiful appearance, especially during the flowering and fruiting stage, as well as its many health benefits.

This time we will focus on raspberry ( In English raspberry ), which is also part of the family of strawberries (Rosaceae). So if you have already planted strawberries in your orchard or garden, you will love to know that you could plant them together as the raspberry grows as a shrub and would benefit from its partial shade of low-growing strawberry cultivation.

Raspberry ( Rubus idaeus ) uses leaves and fruits. The leaves are rich in vitamin C and have astringent, diuretic and expectorant properties. When you use them in infusions help to calm the menstrual cramps and during the last stage of the pregnancy reduces the labor pains. However, it is always necessary to consult a doctor before consuming . It is not recommended for people with kidney problems. Other medicinal uses include mouthwashing or gargling when we have throat irritation.

As for fruit, it is also rich in vitamin C and sugars. We consume it fresh, in desserts, shakes, liqueurs and can be preserved through freezing.

The shrub can grow up to about 5 feet high and is distinguished because its stems are thorny, allowing many birds to use it as a shelter and protection against other animals. It is a plant resistant to low temperatures (if you live in areas where it can snow) and high heats.

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This perennial plant has green, toothed and hairy leaves. Its flowers are white (sometimes pink) and we can find wild bushes. If we decide to sow it in our yard, it needs to be in full sun and to be planted in an area that drains the water well. It needs moist soil, loose , deep and rich in organic matter . Preferably low acid and free from weeds. To protect it from the strong winds, you can sow it against a wall so it avoids to hurt its stems, especially when they contain with fruit.

Precisely, the fruit is harvested ripe and still shiny. During harvest season, gather every 3 to 4 days. Although its most common color is red, raspberry has other varieties of black and white color.

The raspberry is best propagated by sprouting and rooting. Also by division of the plant. It is recommended to prune after the harvest, especially the branches that fructified; To eliminate the excess of shoots or those that are weak. Ask at garden centers or nurseries specializing in exotic fruit.

With proper maintenance, the plant can last for several years. It can be paid once a year. Even so, it is recommended to start after a certain time and to rotate the crop.

Among the common pests that can affect raspberry are aphids or aphids.