My mother grew Heritage for many years ..... and I have grown it on and off for for the last 25 years. When we first got Japanese Beetles in our area, they "hatched" at the same time of the Heritage summer berries came in. It was terrible. I didn't grow raspberries for last 10-15 years because of that.Jeff
Two springs ago, I planted a 15 foot row of Heritage to give them another chance, this time talking only a fall crop (primocanes). Well, they grew just fine, but I feel the day for this variety is over. I think they either have a virus or got a virus after I planted. The berries are somewhat stunted looking ..... small, and not filled out, some white areas on the red berry. Between the lower production and the stickers, they just do not justify themselves. My wife wouldn't pick this variety because of the stickers. I don't mind the stickers as much as long as it's a good berry. The number of good berries are few and far between.
This berry ripens pretty late in zone 5 (Chicago suburbs) mid to later September. There are better plants, like Joan J, for this far north, imho.
I do not recommend Heritage ..... Bummer
Excellent plants to grow in southern Minnesota. A very nice addition to our locally grown offerings. THANK YOU Nourse Farms!!Safehaven farm
I have had Heritage plants for over 30 years. When I first acquired them, they were about the only everbearing (2 crop) raspberry widely available. Heritage is a very hardy plant, almost impossible to kill from neglect, and very winter hardy. However, the size of the berries on average is only medium size, smaller than you see in raspberries now sold in food stores. If they don't get enough water, the fruit size will be small. The main disadvantage of Heritage is that the second crop comes rather late in the season; although the plants will still produce ripened fruit on warm days through end of October in the Northern States, the fruit doesn't taste right once you start having days where the temperature drops into the 40's at night. If you want some Heritage you should also consider having some plants of another everbearing variety that will give you an earlier fall crop.Doug H
I ordered 30 Heritage raspberry plants. Planted in late April. By July we where getting a couple handfuls a day on the First year. I was very surprised they would produce so quickly. All 30 plants took well and had no issues. They gladly postponed shipping due to a late snowfall as well.Frank K
Heritage raspberries have been my favorite for many years. They are very reliable and produce heavily. I highly recommend them for the upstate SC area (zone 7b).Dot M