Joan J

Joan J Fall Bearing Raspberry Plants
Quantity Price
5 $20.00
10 $31.00
25 $59.00
100 $198.00
500 $664.00
1000+ $1,008.00
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Plants ship between January - July, depending on zone.  Ship dates are selected during checkout process.

This high-yielding, thornless, early primocane raspberry variety has been a good performer for our growers. One report indicates that Joan J out-yielded Autumn Bliss by more than 30! The fruit is large and holds its size well. Berries are firm, easy picking (they release well) with small drupelets and good flavor. The fruit will hold and ship well, as it is dry. Highly recommended for planting when early fruit is required.  If used to produce a double crop, the summer crop will fruit at around the same time as Nova.

U.S. Plant Patent #18,954. Canadian PBR #3881. (Joan Squire x Terri-Louise)

Berry Color: Red
Berry Size: Large
Best in Zones: 4 - 8
Firmness: Firm
Flavor: Good
Freezing Quality: Excellent
Winter Hardy: Good
special features
We recommend a soil pH level of 6.5 - 6.8 for raspberry plants.
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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.
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Available Exclusively from Nourse Farms
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Price includes a royalty or usage fee. Patent laws or license contracts prohibit propagation of the variety for resale or trade.
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One of our Top Selling Bramble varieties!

Reviews

Decided to try the Joan J and purchased 25 plants for planting in late April of this year (southern CT). I had some older red raspberries (unknown type) that were beginning to wane and used half the area for these new plants. I am delighted that all 25 plants took hold and have grown wonderfully and now, while the older plants have just stopped producing berries, the Joan J have been giving me many, many great berries over the past 3-4 weeks, with no sign of them stopping! I was advised that the Joan J might not produce during the first year but that is obviously NOT the case for me. Very pleased with the results.

Hank V
Home Grower
Zone 6
07/29/2018

Flavor the best, firm long big berry, yields fantastic and no winter kill in my zone. I have lantham and joan j is superior in flavor and quality. No sugar needed no thorns and reproduces itself like crazy. Berries the first fall but plants are short. My all time favorite. If I would rate it from 1-5 star, I would rate it 10 star!

Anne F
Home Grower
Zone 4
08/01/2018

After a bunch of research, I decided to order 100 plants of Joan J this spring from Nourse. Planted in April in zone 6, 97% of the plants survived, excellent root structure on the new plants (thanks Nourse Farms). I expected/hoped to get a few berries this first year, but they are wildly surpassing my expectations. We are picking about 5 lbs per day now in August, and as far as I can tell, the primocanes haven't really started to fruit yet, just the florocanes on the stick planted in April. The kids LOVE not having to pick in thorns - the thornless is great!
As for the fruit itself, we wanted something large, not mushy, and easy to freeze. Again, our expectations have been surpassed by the Joan J's. They are very large, nice flavor, come off whole and easily, are not mushy at all, and freeze perfectly. Our freezer is filling up fast! Love this variety, would buy again 100%!

Matt R.
Home Grower
Zone 6
08/15/2018

This is the first time I have planted Joan J raspberries and every plant lived and is super healthy and is giving me a good fall crop. They are an extra big berry and heavy producers. I'm sure I'm going to like them.

Dot M
Home Grower
Zone 7
08/20/2018

Large and flavorful berries. Love not having to pick out the thorns from the other varieties. Very heavy yield on each plant. Very pleased and will order more next year. Can't get enough of these plants.

David C
Home Grower
Zone 6
08/21/2018

I love Joan J! Huge berries, no thorns. It starts to bear in July, and goes until winter forces them to go dormant. Have had them for many years.

Bonnie
Home Grower
Zone 4
08/21/2018

These everbearing plants produced large wonderful berries the first spring of planting, but did not survive the following winter from a very cold spell for a few days with temperatures under 15 degrees. Very disappointing. I tried growing new plants three years in a row, and could not get the prior year canes to leaf out fully in the second spring. They would start to leaf out, if they did at all, and then wither away and die, and no new canes were generated. 100% failure. I can't blame this on Nourse, who did provide me with replacement plants for the failed ones, but the replacements also failed. This shouldn't happen for Zone 7. I have since tried other Nourse varieties planted in the same spot as the Joan J, and had much better success.

Doug H
Home Grower
Zone 7
08/21/2018

First year for these canes- four out of the five have large canes and lots of berries. The fifth plant is only a foot high vs. three feet for the other four. Overall the berries are delicious and high yielding. I planted them in a raised bed and we first had a long dry spell then lots of rain in July and August. Looking forward to next years crop.

Roger
Home Grower
Zone 7
08/22/2018

Joan J is my favorite tasting raspberry. It is very sweet and I often compare it to being the truest raspberry flavor. It does grow shorter than my Carolines or Annes. It also needs to be picked on time as it has a tendency to shrivel up on the cane with the intense heat and dry climate in Utah. I only grow it for the fall crop. When I tried harvesting Floracanes the fruit was not as sweet and the fruit was very small. Kids love to pick it because it doesn't have the thorns. Of all the varieties I grow, Joan J gets ate first before the Caroline, Anne, Heritage, Amity and Prelude berries.

Richard
Home Grower
Zone 5
12/27/2018

I purchased 5 Joan J canes 4 years ago mostly because they are thornless. I lost 2 right away when my husband pulled them up thinking they were weeds! My remaining 3 canes grew and fruited that same season. Next year I had a ton of new canes plus the three originals didn't die and fruited even more.
The third season I had a full 3X 7 foot berry row that I couldn't keep picked. The best part is I start picking early June and they don't stop producing until it freezes in November.
These are the best berries and have exceeded my expectations beyond what I could imagine! I get strong thick new canes every year and even more than I can manage.
The best part is they are absolutely thornless.

Vicki
Home Grower
Zone 6
06/20/2019

Wow! What a fantastic berry! My other raspberries are done fruiting and these are just beginning, I did get a light fruiting in the spring on last years canes, but this late fruiting is incredible, large sweet, firm fruit with a perfect balance in tartness and sweetness. I am a convert, I would grow these exclusively!

Heidi in Boise
Home Grower
Zone 6
07/30/2019

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