Glencoe Raspberry Plant

Growing Zones in Ground: 4 - 8 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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The amazing Glencoe Raspberry is proof that great things come in small packages. The Glencoe Raspberry is a self-fertile cross between a black raspberry and a red raspberry. The result is a small, nearly thornless, easy to grow plant that only reaches a full size of 2 to 5 feet tall in the ground. Glencoe Raspberry Plants can also be grown in containers where they will stay even smaller and can be cut back to remain at the perfect container-growing size. Glencoe Raspberries are dark red to purple and have a tangy-sweet, rich raspberry taste.

Glencoe Raspberry Plants are suited for outdoor growing in USDA Zones 4 to 8, where they like full sun, lots of water, and well-drained but nutrient-rich soil. The berries ripen at various times throughout the growing season from late spring to late fall. The Glencoe Raspberry Plant is a heavy producer, and each plant can yield 2 or more cups of ripe berries as often as twice per week in late summer and early fall. Glencoe Raspberry Plants do not grow as wide or tall as Red or Yellow Raspberries, so they make a great edible plant for small spots or containers.

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Raspberry Care

In USDA Zones 4 to 8 plant Glencoe Raspberry Plants at spaces of 3 feet apart. If you are growing more than one row of Glencoe Raspberry Plants in the edible landscape, space the rows at 6 feet apart. Select a location that never has standing water, and where the sun hits directly at least 6 or more hours per day. Mix 3 to 5 gallons of compost and/or manure into the soil at each plant spot. Dig a hole that is twice the size of the plant’s rootball, backfill with soil, and water in occasionally as you go.

Glencoe Raspberry Plants are also a fantastic choice for growing fruit in a container. Plant new Glencoe Raspberry Plants in 3 to 7-gallon containers, and use potting soil with perlite that drains well. Water once per week, allow all water to drain from the pot, and water again the following week. Also water anytime the potting soil surface is dry to 2-inches deep. Place potted Glencoe Raspberry Plants where they get as much sun per day as possible.

Fruit & Harvesting

Once Glencoe Raspberry Plants begin to bloom, they will bloom and make fruit throughout the later warm months and into fall. Since Glencoe Raspberries ripen in stages as the plants produce blooms and develop berries, the best approach is to harvest the ripe raspberries twice or more a week. Pick the darkest berries by hand. Ripe Glencoe Raspberries will pull from the stems without crushing or tearing at the tops. Be sure to also remove and discard any overripe berries that are still on the canes as you pick.

Freshly picked Glencoe Raspberries can be stored refrigerated for up to a week in a shallow container that provides some airflow. Use a plastic container and leave the lid cracked, or save and re-use the plastic containers from storebought berries. Do not stack harvested and stored Raspberries more than about 3 berries deep. Glencoe Raspberries can also be frozen or made into jellies and jams for long-term keeping.

Growing Zones


In spring after the chances of frost have passed, select 5 or 6 of the strongest canes on each plant. Cut these canes back to between 2 and 3 feet tall, and remove all other canes. Mulch in-ground plants often with pine straw or hay to stop weeds and to help retain soil moisture. Deep mulch will also help protect Glencoe Raspberry Plant roots and cane bases through the winter. Mulch potted Glencoe Raspberry Plants with 3-inches of pine straw to retain soil moisture and keep weeds from establishing in the potting soil.

Glencoe Raspberry Plants need plenty of water to grow strong canes and produce their heavy crops of berries. Water Glencoe Raspberry Plants once per week, or when the soil is dry to 2-inches deep. Apply water to each plant with a slow-flowing hose at the plant base. Water only the ground under each plant; do not shower the canes and leaves. Water Glencoe Raspberry Plants until the ground is saturated but not puddling. A slow weeping hose at the plant base for one hour is usually ideal.


Are Glencoe Raspberry Plants really thornless?

When compared to other Raspberry Plants, Glencoe Raspberry Plants are considered nearly thornless. Glencoe Raspberry Plants do have some soft, infrequent thorns that are essentially insignificant when it comes to harvesting or managing the plants.

Can Glencoe Raspberry Plants grow in Florida?

Glencoe Raspberry Plants will quickly die back in very warm summers such as those in most of Florida. Glencoe Raspberry Plants are suited to grow in USDA Zones 4 to 8, which may be found in some areas of northern Florida. Mysore Raspberries can grow in Zones 9 to 10.

Do Glencoe Raspberry Plants need pollinator plants?

Glencoe Raspberry Plants are self-fertile and can grow fruit as a single plant or as several of the same variety planted in a group.

Can Glencoe Raspberry Plants be grown in a hanging basket?

Yes, Glencoe Raspberry Plants stay small and can easily be grown in a 10-inch or larger hanging basket positioned, ideally, in direct sun.