Niwot Fall Bearing
Soldout for 2022 Season
Quantity Price
5 $32.50
25 $124.00
100 $381.00
300 $1,114.50
600 $1,856.40
1000+ $2,475.00

Plants ship between January - July, depending on zone.  Ship dates are selected during checkout process.

Introduced by Peter Tallman, a private breeder in Colorado, Niwot will produce berries in the fall, ripening in late August until frost. It will also produce a good floricane crop, ripening slightly earlier than Jewel, depending on location. Niwot is vigorous, highly productive, and has attractive, shiny fruit. The berry size is equal in size to Jewel, and the flavor is reported to have less intensity than Jewel. It is a vigorous variety, therefore requiring trellising and recommended spacing is 3-4 feet apart in the row. Niwot appears to have similar winter hardiness to Jewel.  

U.S. Plant Patent #27,131

Tipping or tip pruning is highly recommended for primocane-bearing black raspberries. As the primocanes reach 3', pinch or cut the tips to force branches to develop. Tipping will delay, but prolong, the harvest, increase yield and reduce arching of the canes and tip rooting. Pruning later in the season decreases the amount of time the plant will have to develop the branches. Not pruning the primocanes will allow earlier ripening than the tip-pruning option, however the canes will become tall and arching, and will develop fewer berries.
Berry Color: Black
Berry Size: Large
Best in Zones: 5 - 8
Firmness: Moderate
Freezing Quality: Good
Winter Hardy: Good
Ships as: Plug Plant
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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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Contains high levels of Nutraceuticals, a substance providing a healthy benefit to the human body!
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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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This is what one black raspberry plant looks like when it is shipped.


Planted these Niwot berry's last spring after the frost. Initial growth was slow, but I watered them throughout the very dry summer and the plants grew to over 4' canes. Canes are very small diameter (less than a pencil) and there was no fruit the first year at all. I have pruned the canes back to 3 feet in length and am hoping for some fruit this year.

Home Grower
Zone 5

Niwot Yields were incredible Compare to other varieties in pints per plant. Large well branched kanes on second year plants. Tasty

Commercial Grower
Zone 4

had high hopes for a fall complement to the mac black and jewel I raise and sell early and midseason. the plants all survived and produced well both early and late crop. however the berries were totally tasteless. so much so that I could not risk selling them at the market. such a shame. bush hogging them and plowing up the roots this fall.

Commercial Grower
Zone 6

These raspberries had a high yield the second year. Colorado had a very hot summer and the plants survived and produced very well.

Treva H
Home Grower
Zone 4

Yes, the plants are large, vigorous, and productive. The berries are very large but most of them are incompletely twinned which causes some trouble picking. But the main problem is that in my climate conditions the berries are completely tasteless, even if picked under-ripe, which you would expect would at least give something tart. I grow for a handful of chefs at high-end restaurants. After tasting samples, a 5-star chef said "any food can be made to taste good, but this would take so much effort it isn't worth doing". Since my customers are selecting purely for flavor, not shipping or processing qualities, this is not a plant for my garden. I don't know what it tastes like when grown in other conditions, but I would not rate the flavor as grown here as even "fair". Maybe it's a plant for maritime conditions? A real shame, because if they gave full-flavored fruit like Bristol/Munger in the fall, my customers would snap up every berry they produced.

Commercial Grower
Zone 6

I had great hopes for my NIWOT raspberries and they did seem to thrive until the heat wave in west Texas burned them. I did plant them on the west side of my back yard where the shade of my neighbor's trees would shade my plants from about 4 p.m. till night. I will try Niwots again but not in the near future. West Texas weather will need to normalize before I try raspberries in my yard. This is not a bad report about my plants but the one thing we have no control over...the weather.

Stephen R
Home Grower
Zone 7

I have made two plantings of Niwot. In both years, the plants flourished and produced a few berries as well. The berries are tasty. I will be treating them like my ever-bearing red raspberries, mowing them flat in the spring for easier soil maintenance. I am very pleased.

Bob T.
Home Grower
Zone 5

All these plants thrived. They pushed up many new canes. I was able to harvest a handful or two off each plant so far this first year in the ground. More berries are on the way.

I didn't keep up with the tip pruning as well as I should have, and the ones I didn't tip prune touched the ground and made new plants! Which was ok, but then there was no fruit from those canes.

I hope for a bountiful harvest next year because the plants will be well established and I am going keep up with the tip pruning, like the instructions say.

Georg Z
Home Grower
Zone 8

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