RASPBERRY: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, PREVENTION, TREATMENT, REMEDIES
An attractive quote reads ‘There is something in the red of a raspberry pie that looks as good to a man as the red in a sheep looks to a wolf’. Yes, some people have a great attraction to the red raspberry fruits.
Humans can consume Raspberry fruits as they are healthy. Many plant species produce the fruits that come under the genus Rubus, which belongs to the rose family. Raspberry plants also belong to this gene. These fruits are perennial in nature and they have woody stems.
Cultivation of Raspberries
Raspberry plants are traditionally planted during the winter season to produce canes. These canes are again cultivated in warmer climates in places like Spain. This is the suitable place for the canes to quickly flower and to produce a very early season crop. A well-drained and fertile soil is suitable for cultivating these plants. For optimal development, these plants need sufficient water and ample sunlight.
The Ideal Time for Harvesting
Raspberries are generally harvested when they come out easily from the receptacle. Also, the farmers opt for harvesting only when the colour of the fruits has turned deep. Most of us have seen and heard about red raspberry.
But, there are other colours like golden yellow, purple, and black that varies based on the cultivator and species. Only harvesting at this stage will produce the sweetest and the ripest fruits. When the harvesting becomes excess, farmers send them to frozen or for making raspberry jam.
Pests and Diseases in Raspberries
A raspberry fruit is sometimes consumed by larvae of some Lepidoptera species like butterflies. Gray mould is the common fungal infection in these fruits and even other soft fruits under wet conditions. Generally, these infections affect bruised fruits. The reason is that they provide easy entrance points for these organisms.
Experts suggest that one should never plant raspberry in a soil, where eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and potatoes were previously cultivated. This can be done only after fumigation. The reason for this is that these crops are generally hosts for the disease called verticillium wilt. This is a fungal infection that can stay in the soil for long and can infect the raspberry crop.