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I was not able to get an order put in early enough to get the variety I wanted and ended up going with Heritage because that was what was left. I planted the canes exactly as instructed and was nervous when only 5 of the 10 showed growth. Wow! Once the weather really broke (cold & rainy spring), they took off with a vengeance! I had a small crop in the early summer, thinking that was it for the year. Again, WOW! I have now picked at least FOUR gallons in the first year! Very vigorous considering the extremely dry summer and fall we have had in central Ohio. Oodles of floricanes! I will NEVER buy my berries from any other company. Thank you, Nourse!Cheryl
Heritage is the first variety I ever grew. It is hardy and easy to grow, but unsuitable for the short growing season here in Colorado. It ripens too late and half the crop is lost because of frostCarol
I bought five Boyne and five heritage plants from Norse farms about five years ago and planted them in full sun in a row with a wire trellis on both sides for support. My soil is a fairly dense silty loam with little organic matter. I mulch the berries with arborist chips. The plants have been incredibly hardy and productive. Boyne ripens in June and I get berries on both the primocanes and Floricanes of the heritage plants. I’m extremely happy with both varieties. We eat and freeze gallons of berries every year. Sometimes the later pickings are affected by the invasive fruit fly but the berries are still delicious.Dave
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