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Rubus Probus - My Pick of the Native Raspberries

This is a plant that produces a very nice tasting Raspberry. The flavour is not as intense as it's european equivalent ... it's there, surrounded by plenty of sweet juice, with a texture that's more delicate than the usual known raspberry.

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Comment by Florence on August 31, 2015 at 13:06

Rob, I'm not sure which birds,  I did see bird feathers get caught too.  We do have many different types of birds visit, just eight with a count in my head right now, and I'm sure there must be more ...

Comment by Rob Collings on August 31, 2015 at 8:22

Terrific Cheryl, can't blame you for containing it, it loves to get away.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on August 30, 2015 at 19:11

Hi Rob, tried your raspberries at Susans GV.   Love them.  I have just been given a plant so on the safe side think I will plant in a pot like my other berries.   Sorry not to see you at the GV.

Comment by Rob Collings on August 17, 2015 at 16:46

I am hoping to bring a bowl of these guys to the GV Susan. I've seen bird feathers caught on the canes Florence, but I'm still yet to see which birds like them, what type of birds do you see on yours? I know the bush turkey likes them, I see him/her clearing the fallen ones nearly every morning.

Comment by Florence on August 17, 2015 at 14:30

Impressive indeed!  Got a couple of varieties from Greening Australia at the Gap several years ago, but we cut them back all the time because they're very spikey.  The birds normally get the berries, but I just discovered that my son loves them, so maybe we'll try to beat the birds now. 

Comment by Susan on August 16, 2015 at 14:22

LOVE these - just not in the ground.  I grew them some years ago but they were just too invasive and I got rid of them.  Missed them too much - they were fantastic for smoothies, cakes, afternoon tea.  I've replanted in a wicking barrel and have my first flowers.

Comment by Lissa on August 16, 2015 at 6:59

Would make a great barrier for keeping out the unwanted.

Lovely berries though :)

Comment by Phil on August 15, 2015 at 22:45

Thanks Rob. I'll have to compare notes with you sometime on what else can be grown in our soils.

Comment by Rob Collings on August 15, 2015 at 22:04

I'd guess we'd share the same rock (same as Samford Range road cutting), because the stuff on the other side of the line looks quite different (Keperra Quarry). The soil that buried it was exactly this stuff, but broken up in a cut/reclaim exercise (I underestimated how buried it would get). It then had 1/4 - 1/2 Metre of mulch over top ... I have not re-mulched to date ... I need to, as I am now adding Potassium and Iron, and Organic Extra. I've only needed to do this over the last 3 years since depletion of the mulch layer.

It should go really well at your place ... I believe another member from FG pulled theirs out after it got loose into their neighbours front yard, so watch out for the Triffid like behaviour. A combo of non-watered compacted ground, with no mulch (similar surface to that in picture below), seems to stop mine.  .... I've got a few canes I need to pull out, so I can get these to you if you'd like.

BTW - I would much rather see this growing along creek banks and gullies than Lantana. My farther recalls picking and eating raspberries growing by the creek banks in Samford when he was a boy.

Comment by Phil on August 15, 2015 at 21:24

Looks like my backyard! What was the quality of the soil that buried it? Not this stuff surely...if so I will be planting it :O)

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