Raspberries are native to cold climates but the 'Mysore' raspberry does well in tropical areas such as South Florida! It forms a large scrambling shrub 10-12' high, with flexible purple stems coated with a white bloom. It is thoroughly set with sharp, hooked thorns. The coarse toothed leaves is handsome and reminiscent of a wild rose. Pink or red-purple, 5-petalled flowers blooms in loose clusters in spring. These mature into cone-shaped fruits that start red but turn purple-black when ripe. They have a sweet and juicy black-raspberry flavor. The clusters may contain as many as 2 dozen or even more. The seeds are small and not objectionable.
'Mysore' raspberry tends to bloom and fruit throughout the year but summer fruits are of poor size and quality. Therefore, seasonal pruning is recommended to prevent spring and summer flowering and allowing the first blooms to appear in December. Plants managed this way will fruit continuously from about February to May or June with large, flavorful fruits.
In Florida, the plant flourishes on limestone or acid sand. Good drainage is essential. It flowers and fruits best in full sun but can tolerate some light shade. Because the shrubs produce long canes armed with sharp prickles, they are best used as a screen or hedge located at a distance from walkways, patios and other areas of pedestrian traffic. Irrigation is necessary in dry seasons. Old canes should be cut to the ground at the end of the fruiting period, and there should be severe pruning and thinning out in late fall to force new growth for a winter-spring crop.
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