West Indian raspberry grow and care – subshrub of the genus Rubus also known as Roseleaf bramble or Rubus rosifolius, West Indian raspberry perennial evergreen or semi deciduous plant, grow in tropic, subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 11+.

Leaves color green, the shape like rose leaves and used in medical uses in beverage.

Flower color white 1 cm, with 5 petals

Rubus rosifolius fruit

Fruit color red, fruit assembled from small cells that put together a round shape, when pick the fruits the torus stay on the branch.

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How to grow Rubus rosifolius growing and care:

Warm weather, moist

How to care:
Prune for easy harvest, prune once a year better after the fruits, add fertilizer in the early spring put mulch and organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant /Vegetative Reproduction / Seeds possible but not recommend

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Necessary to use vegetative reproduction

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Thorn

Planting season:
Winter, spring, summer

How to plant:
Dig hole bigger than the root ball at least 50-100% bigger, add dead leaves rich soil, organic matter, humus and mix all together and plant it, also recommend to put stick or something to support the plant for trellising

Pests and diseases:
Aphids

Pruning season:
Autumn, winter

How to prune:
Inside branches, design the shape

Size of the plant:
20-30 cm, 8-12 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, 70% full sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, start with pot that will be 40-60% more than the root ball, every time that the plant arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, switch the soil in mid of the winter, better to use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient care for the soil, need average amount of water with good drainage better water with less minerals, in order to keep the soil moist better to put mulch of pines, peat soil or other acid soil with humus and a lot of organic matter and in pot of 15 liter better to keep 2 full mature plants and 1 or 2 daughter plants for next year.

Blooming information

Bloom season?
Spring

General information about the flower
White flower 1 cm, with 5 petals

Thinning the bloom:
Until the plant to become acclimatized

Pollination is done by:
Bees and more

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Spring

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds

Work requirements on the fruit:
Eaten raw, cake, cooked, juice

Work requirements on the West Indian raspberry fruit:
No special requires

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Ripening of fruit
Possible not to pick it fully ripen and let it to be ripen at home

Vegetative Reproduction

Vegetative Reproduction Method:
Cutting / bending a branch over and covering it with earth

Preferred time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring

Time to grow roots in vegetative reproduction:
2-3 weeks

Treatment for vegetative reproduction:
Cutting to put on humid soil, when bending the branch sometimes should break it

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
Spring / Summer

How to harvest the leaves?
From the base of the leaf, not recommend to trim next to fruits

Information about leaves:
ovate leaves in the edge serrate, the leaves grow in groups 3-5 leaves

Uses of West Indian raspberry leaves:
Used for beverage, used medical

How to grow West Indian raspberry – Rubus rosifolius from seeds

Sowing requirement:
High humidity, full sun to half shade, moist soil

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place better in refrigerator

Sowing season:
End of the winter to spring and better to grow in winter indoor in hardiness zone 10b-11

How to plant:
Planting in vermiculite, peat soil or other plant

Planting spacing:
3*4cm (1.2*1.8 inches) when transplant it better to sow them in different pots it’s easier to follow in control and care for the seedling

Depth of Sowing:
Better not to cover just to put on the soil

Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity, moist soil, full sun, consider when grow in pots to cover with plastic wrap

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 months

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, protect the seedling from pests, winds and heavy snow

Do the seeds require burying?
Depend the cultivars, but always recommend to bury

Chilling hour’s requirements:
2-3 weeks minimum, but better above one month

Scientific name:

Rubus rosifolius

Alternative names: Indian raspberry, Roseleaf bramble, Rubus rosaefolius

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