Beautiful berry plants! That is every gardener’s dream and one brand’s mission.
Brazelberries is a new brand by a major wholesale nursery called Fall Creek. Brazelberries is named after the company’s Brazelton family.
Their dwarf varieties can fit into any size garden. They are devoted to breeding berry plants that are simple, beautiful and delicious. Since these values ring true to mine, I was very intrigued when Brazelberries launched in 2013.
I found their dwarf raspberry variety called Raspberry Shortcake at Oakland Nursery and planted it in my garden Summer of 2014.
The photo below is upon first planting Raspberry Shortcake. Its short stature is evident. Instead of a raspberry plant’s usual 5-6 feet, Raspberry Shortcake’s mature height is only 2-3 feet.
As expected for initial plantings, Raspberry Shortcake did not produce any berries Summer 2014. It would produce next season.
I wanted to test if its hardiness estimate was accurate. So I kept the pot outside during the winter, but placed it between bushes to protect it from the wind.
Raspberry Shortcake is described as a floricane variety, which means it produces berries on second year canes. The overwintered canes from Summer 2014 would produce in Summer 2015.
In Spring 2015, it became clear that the canes had died from the winter’s cold. Raspberry Shortcake’s berries are described as ‘having an essence of vanilla.’ You can imagine how I felt when I thought I would have to wait another year to taste them!
So I tended to Raspberry Shortcake as its new canes emerged from the soil. These canes would produce berries in Summer 2016.
However, in Summer 2015, there were flowers on the new canes! *
The below photo shows the berries are growing from the new green 2015 canes. The brown canes in the bottom right of the photo are the dead floricanes from 2014.
The berries are magenta-pink in color and have a slight hint of vanilla in their flavor. It’s not a pronounced note of vanilla, but still unique. The berries were harvested in my garden beginning Late July-Early August to Late August, which is usually a slow production window in the summer garden.**
Raspberry Shortcake’s short, thorn-less stature, opportune production time and unique flavor make it worthy of your garden’s valuable space.
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*Producing on new canes would make it a primocane variety instead of a floricane. But it could also be a potential ‘double-cropping’ variety that produces on new AND old canes. This winter, I am overwintering Raspberry Shortcake in the garage to see if the floricanes survive and produce in Summer 2016.
**Raspberries are ripe when they separate easily from the calyx. Raspberry Shortcake does not seem to separate as easily as other varieties. So make sure you are actually picking these raspberries when they are ripe. Otherwise, they will not be as flavorful.