Nantahala Raspberry Plant

Growing Zones in Ground: 6 - 10 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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Nantahala Raspberries produce two crops of large berries that are more firm, sweeter, and juicier than many other Raspberry cultivars. This late season primocane raspberry variety grows berry crops in both summer and fall. Nantahala Raspberry Plants are suited for growing in USDA Zones 6 to 10. They can take high temperatures and are self-pollinating so they do not need a pollinator to make fruit. Nantahala Raspberry plants grow well in acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and well drained. The Nantahala Raspberry is considered one of the finest raspberries available and the berries are excellent eating quality.

Nantahala Raspberry Plants like ample water but not soil that remains soggy. The plants bloom and make the most fruit in full sun or partial shade. Mature Nantahala Raspberries reach heights of four to six feet, and should be spaced three feet apart. Nantahala Raspberry Plants will begin to make two crops per year after their second or third year in the ground. The delicious Nantahala Raspberry is a superior fruit in size, taste, and texture. Add a few to your edible garden and enjoy growing this exceptional fruit.

Nantahala Raspberry Care

Nantahala Raspberries need soil that drains well. If the planting location is prone to periodic standing water, then plant Nantahala Raspberries on raised mounds to prevent rotting roots and plant damage from standing water. Raised mounds should be at least one foot higher than the existing ground. Plant new Nantahala Raspberry Plants so that the root ball surface is even with the planting soil surface.

Nantahala Raspberries can be mulched, to help keep the soil moist and to discourage weeds. Mulch Nantahala Raspberries when planting, after pruning, and before harsh winter cold sets in. In late winter after all fruit is picked, cut plants back to the strongest six or eight canes and remove any dead stalks. In spring let side stalks grow to about two feet long, and then cut them back to ten inches. This will encourage a strong bloom and abundant harvests in summer and fall.

Fruit & Harvesting

The eating quality of Nantahala Raspberries is outstanding. Nantahala Raspberries are larger, firmer, sweeter, and have a more rich Raspberry taste than other Raspberries. The fruits are bright red and juicy when ripe. The large firm berries are perfect for baking, making preserves, and freezing for storage and later use.

Nantahala Raspberries ripen later than most fall Raspberries. The firm, juicy berries turn bright red and are ready from between the last week in August and the first week of September. Mature Nantahala Raspberry plants provide ripening berries for about a month from the first ripe fruits until the first frost arrives. Store Raspberries in plastic containers with some ventilation, and do not stack berries deeper than three fruits in a single container.

Growing Zones


Plant new Nantahala Raspberry Plants in spring after the coldest weather has passed. Nantahala Raspberries like rich but well-drained soil that is never saturated for any period of time. Nantahala Raspberries can be planted on raised mounds so the soil around the roots always drains well. Raised mounds should be two feet above ground level and long enough to space plants four feet apart. You can also grow Nantahala Raspberries in pots or raised beds.

Water Nantahala Raspberry Plants when the soil is dry to three inches deep at the base of the plants. Slowly water plants using a soaker hose until the ground is moist down to six inches deep or more. Avoid continually saturating foliage and canes with overhead sprinklers, and use mulch to help retain soil moisture in hot summers.