Prelude Raspberry Plants


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5 $33.00
25 $157.00
150 $438.00
600 $1,267.00
1,000 $1,455.00

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
Freezing Quality: Good
Winter Hardy: Excellent
Ships as: Bare Root
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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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This is what one raspberry plant looks like when it is shipped.
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One of our Top Selling Bramble varieties!


It was very slow to establish/fill the raised bed and to produce meaningful crop. I also found summer crop tasteless, but fall crop taste is fine. I ended up removing all canes in the winter and try it as fall-only raspberry. Immediately young canes filled up the bed, and I had some berries in the fall, but still not as many as I would like to. I guess I will be replacing this variety

Sergey M
Home Grower
Zone 7

We planted them few years ago with great success. We use them for making jelly or jam. Some are for eating but they are on the tart side. The best one for eating are in the fall; second crop which is smaller.

Great for jam very early berry
Home Grower
Zone 6

prelude variety has produced a small early summer crop and late summer has produced a large crop in late sep. on to frost

lyle stempke
Home Grower
Zone 5

I bought these to eventually move to a garden in zone 5 so a few of them went into large pots and a couple went into the ground at my zone 7 house. All have done very well and are vigorous and healthy. We got a lot of berries this first year and wow they are delicious! This was my first time growing raspberries and these were perfect and easy to grow. We are all very excited to have more next year as the flavor is sweet and rich.

Organic Jen
Home Grower
Zone 7

We garden in a very demanding urban "heat island" (NYC) that's hard on edible plants, fruit especially. And yet we've done incredibly well with these. They grow prolifically in a raised bed enriched with compost, compost tea, and red wrigglers. They get full sun much of the day. The fruit is crazy fragrant and usually sweet. Most of them go into sensational low-sugar jam that tastes POWERFULLY of raspberries.

Home Grower
Zone 6

Excellent flavor, poor productivity

I planted these spring of 2017, and they have been slow to take off. That may be a problem with shade -- a pine tree has grown to cast shadow over the berry patch for much of the day, I have just removed it, so maybe they will do better this year.
The flavor is excellent -- tart, sweet, with a nice raspberry kick. But the squirrels like them, and the canes aren't prickly enough to discourage that. And the canes are floppy and easily damaged by the weight of a squirrel. I got a lot more fruit from "Fall Red", (which I lost to drought) not because it was more productive (hard to tell with the increased shade), but because the critters didn't take as much of the crop.

Home Grower
Zone 6

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