Prelude Summer Bearing (Early Season) Raspberry Plants
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Quantity Price
5 $19.25
10 $29.50
25 $56.50
100 $198.00
500 $664.00
1000+ $1,008.00

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

Recently released by the N.Y. State Experiment Station, Geneva, N.Y., Prelude raspberry is identified as the earliest ripening summer red raspberry, ripening in mid-June under N.Y. conditions. Although Prelude is also fall-bearing, it produces the biggest portion of its crop in the spring. Very winter hardy and vigorous, Prelude berries are round-conic, have cohesive drupelets, and very good flavor. An excellent choice when early fruit and quality are required.

U.S. Plant Patent #11,747

Berry Color: Red
Berry Size: Med/Lg
Best in Zones: 4 - 8
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.
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This Summer Bearing Raspberry Plant bears fruit 1 year after planting.
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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!


Plants grew well but somewhat tasteless and sour berries. Am giving up on this variety after two years in Stoughton Wisconsin. Soil pH 7.5, loamy for top 3-4 inches and clay below. Excess phosphorus, appropriate potassium, deficit nitrogen. Will amend soil and look for a different summer bearing variety as delicious as my BP1 berries grown in the same conditions. Suggestions appreciated.

Mark P
Home Grower
Zone 4

Organic production and am happy with this berry, they have grown well though the size of the berry is medium, they hold well and give two crops per season. The flavor is is sour but have a distinctly strong raspberry flavor. They are the earliest berry and give a second crop mid season, the timing is why to have them.

Paul M
Commercial Grower
Zone 6

These raspberries are confused. The produce a small crop on primocanes and a larger one on their florocanes. They taste pretty good, grow very well and are the earliest to fruit that I have. They are very vigorous and produce well.

Chuck C
Home Grower
Zone 5

This is a great berry. Ii grow five different types and this is my favorite. Berries are large and very good flavor. It produces well both early and late. Plants are strong and very winter hardy. I will be replacing other varieties next year.

Home Grower
Zone 5

I live at high altitude (5,280 ft) with a growing season of about 60 days. These plants survive our fridgid winters (-30 to -40). My plants grow up to 7' tall. They produce berries in abundance. I was so impressed that I bought more plants. We have enough berries to eat when they bear and we froze enough berries to last thru January. When the new plants are producing, we will have enough berries to last thru the winter. They are wonderful, easy to grow, maintain, and pick. Thank you for such a great product.

Home Grower
Zone 3

Prelude is our earliest variety. It produces heavily and then has a smaller production starting in early fall. Our neighbors love when we share these! They make a great freezer jam and canned pie filling made with Clear Jell. I taught my husband to can and he loves using these berries to make and share raspberry pie filling. Thanks Nourse Farms!!

Home Grower
Zone 4

This are the most delicious raspberries I have ever tasted.

Liz E
Home Grower
Zone 6

Of the 4 types I planted (Caroline, Anne, Prelude, and Royalty), these are my least favorite. They grow well but the taste of the berry is too tart or downright meh.

Home Grower
Zone 4

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