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Raspberry: Rubus idaeus ‘Polka’

This robust raspberry with slightly thorny canes is known as “Polka”. A primocane raspberry produces two fruit crops throughout the year and begins to ripen toward the end of July, with the greatest yield occurring in autumn. Large, red fruits with a light flavour and good shelf life.

Key Facts:

Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus ‘Polka’

Common Name: Raspberry

Family: Rosaceae

Plant Type: Fruit

Flower Colour: Foliage – Deciduous

How to grow Rubus ‘Polka’

Ultimate Plant Size: 1.5m – 2.5m height, 0.1m – 0.5m spread.

Aspect: South facing, east facing, west facing

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Hardiness: H6

Soil Type: Well drained, moist, loam, sand, neutral to acidic


Grown best when planted in soil that is between neutral and acidic. As long as the soil is kept moist, the Rubus Idaeus Polka will thrive in full sun. The soil ought to be extremely fertile and abundant in organic matter for maximum crop yields. Locate your planting in a spot that receives filtered sunlight.

Keep the soil around Rubus Idaeus Polka moist. Keeping the soil evenly moist during fruit set and development will increase harvest yield. For the best results, water your plants with a soaker hose or drip irrigation. This will keep the fruit, flowers, and foliage from getting wet, which can spread diseases or fungi.

The best time to plant raspberry polka is between March and October. They should be planted in rows with wire or a post supporting them. Place each Rubus polka plant 45 to 60 centimetres apart. The distance of each row by 1.8 meters Keeps the roots from being planted too deeply. Between the surface of the soil and the roots, no more than 5 centimetres should be separated. Single plants can be grown in containers.

You can trim back a few of the Raspberry Polka’s canes to give the plant enough room to grow if they become overcrowded during the summer. Any raspberry canes that begin to grow away from the main canes must be removed immediately to preserve their shape.

If you want robust, savoury berries at a high yield, the Rubus Idaeus Polka is the plant for you. It thrives with little care and produces berries for a long time every autumn.

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Updated on April 12, 2023

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