Caroline

Caroline Fall Bearing Raspberry Plants
Quantity Price
5 $18.00
10 $27.50
25 $53.50
100 $183.00
500 $632.00
1000+ $916.00
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Plants ship between January - July, depending on zone.  Ship dates are selected during checkout process.

Caroline raspberry has a larger berry than Heritage and is more productive, with a rich, full, and intense raspberry flavor. It is a very vigorous variety, with more tolerance for root rot than Heritage. The farther south you grow it, the earlier it will ripen. Caroline is widely adapted, growing everywhere from the East Coast to the West Coast. This variety does not tolerate high heat and drought. 

 

Berry Color: Red
Berry Size: Med/Lg
Best in Zones: 4 - 7
Firmness: Moderate
Flavor: Excellent
Freezing Quality: Good
Winter Hardy: Excellent
special features
We recommend a soil pH level of 6.5 - 6.8 for raspberry plants.
special features
This Fall Bearing Raspberry Plant bears some fruit the first fall of planting year, and either summers or falls after that depending on how it is managed.
special features
Contains high levels of Nutraceuticals, a substance providing a healthy benefit to the human body!
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A signed non-propagation agreement will be required for orders of 1000 plants or more.

Reviews

I can't say I am impressed. In term of all bearers I grow Caroline, Fall Gold, Autumn Britten, Autumn Bliss, Heritage, and Jaclyn. This raspberry is a dog compared to the others. It is very drought and heat sensitive. Essentially if you get high temperatures early on the canes will not size up and the primocane development is weak. If your heat holds off until August it is fine and you get thicker, more vigorous canes. I grow my raspberries with a thick mulch of soft wood chips. My normal moisture check is to brush away an inch or two at most of the mulch and if I don't see worms I would water (this almost never has to be done). This logic does not work with Caroline. It wants regular watering and moisture is not enough for it unlike the other 5 fallbearers I grow. It does have a larger berry than Heritage, but none of my family or friends thought it was an improvement flavor wise over Heritage. I have had my Autumn Bliss, Heritage, and Fall Gold going for over 20 years. I suspect Caroline will not be as long lived without a lot of pampering. I hope I am wrong about that. Interestingly it is the Japanese beetles favorite raspberry in my location. They fly over the Heritage to get at it. They ignore Autumn Bliss and Autumn Britten, nibble are Jaclyn, munch on Heritage, but devour Caroline.

The fluffy bunny
Home Grower
Zone 5
08/03/2018

So far the Carolines have the best flavor and texture of any raspberries I have bought from Nourse. A true raspberry flavor. I have tried Nova (too tart and firm for me) , Heritage (very productive and tasty) Killarney (productive, but mild flavor, and firm) As to the Caroline plants, they seem a bit tall and floppy, have had to stake them, and they do need regular water. I will likely stick with Heritage and Caroline from now on.

Dan S
Home Grower
Zone 5
08/20/2018

My plants arrived very nicely packed. I got them planted right away and they seemed slow to start. I thought I was going to lose a few, but by the end of summer they all leafed out. I really didn't expect to get any berries my first year as we have a very short growing season. I already have a few plants with berries in mid August. I'm very happy with them.

Connie M
Home Grower
Zone 5
08/20/2018

I really like this variety and I have grown it in the past. This year I put in all new plants with Caroline and PrimeArk Freedom. The PrimeArk took off fast and are vigorous, but I had a 30% failure rate on the Caroline. Two never sprouted, one did, but then quickly died. I mulched and watered faithfully. Disappointed.

Michael
Home Grower
Zone 5
08/20/2018

Caroline grows great in upstate New York! I've had for about 4 or 5 years now and grow it alongside summer bearing variety "Lauren", which is rather a sad set of canes with no vigor. I don't even think Nourse sells Lauren any more. Caroline on the other hand grows like crazy and spreads like crazy. The canes are chock full of fruit, which does weigh the canes down, which are upright until they fruit, so I would recommend a raspberry trellis, but it doesn't grow very tall, so it's easy for kids to pick. My toddler goes out there by herself to fill her belly while I watch from the window. The flavor is excellent...not bland or tart at all and I freeze it for the kids to eat in the winter...they love eating them frozen. I also make sugarless jam by just boiling them down with some apples. So delicious. We get so much fruit it's hard to pick it all! :)

Crystal
Home Grower
Zone 5
08/21/2018

I have had Caroline for a number of years. They bear such big berries the canes fall over if not supported. I installed a square (about 4” ) hole fence panel that is 4’ wide horizontally about 3 feet above the ground. The canes grow up through the fence and are well supported. Makes for easy picking and plenty of ventilation.

Erma
Home Grower
Zone 5
08/23/2018

I have been growing your ‘Caroline’ raspberries for the past 15 years. They are not only my favorite, they are hardy, they have the truest flavor of pure raspberry of any raspberry I have grown, and I have grown, ten varieties! Caroline produces a smaller early summer crop, but its fall crop is spectacular. I started with five plants and they gave me ten quarts of fresh berries in semi-shade. I have consistently made the best jam from these berries for years. That being said, they are delicious right off of the bush, and are superb for coulis, sorbet and ice cream. I have made them all, and the friends and family adore each and every bite. The plants arrived full of roots, and so healthy. They were easy to plant and my reward was grand. I read your other great reviews of this berry and decided ‘Caroline’, since I love raspberries, is simply great!

Mrs. G
Home Grower
Zone 7
08/24/2018

I bought 5 plants each of Prelude, Nova, Caroline, and JoanJ. The Caroline plants never really took hold and 3 died the year of planting. I moved the other two to another area and didn't notice much production from them this year, while the other varieties were all vigorous and fruitful.

Jan
Home Grower
Zone 5
09/30/2018

My wife and I love these berries. Nourse is a great place to purchase. We live in East TN.

We planted ~35 starters in the fall. By next fall they were producing VERY well. Every day or every other other day from Aug - mid Oct we were harvesting at least 2 quarts with little effort. Great flavor, even when slightly unripe. Excellent for jam and baking. Stays well with refrigeration for at least a week. We're thinking 500 more.

Spreads well. So we can take rootings to expand out crop. We highly recommend Caroline.

David Victor
Home Grower
Zone 7
10/28/2018

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