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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2004 9:26 am 

Joined: Mon Sep 06, 2004 1:46 am
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Location: Alvarado, TX
Some in this forum say it can't be done, but...

I did some research and found a company in in TyTy, Georgia (TyTy Nursery) ( ) which sells all manner of raspberry plants and other berry plants. His nursery in Georgia shares almost an exact spot on the Climate/Plant Hardiness Zone as the DFW area ( ) and when i called the proprietor about it, he said that any raspberry variety can grow in this area, but he did recommend to me the Dorman Red cultivar which can be grown in Climate Zones up to 11a (DFW area is 8a).

I wanted to ask the forum essentially two things. Do you think his advice squares up with what you know about this area, climatologically and horticulturally, and if so, why do the "experts" in the forum say it is virtually impossible to grow raspberries?


Al Varado

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 1:48 pm 

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:25 pm
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Location: Maryland zone 7
Hi Al,
I'd like to address mailorder nurseries. There have been some real horror stories I've come across over the years. The first thing I would do is check the references of any place that I planned on ordering from or gathering information from. There is a site dedicated to this that is part of Dave' and it's called Garden Watchdog.

Unfortunately the rating for TyTy (aka Ty Ty) is 82% negative! See for yourself.

Here's the main page for Garden Watchdog.

I also found this information from the Texas Extension Service: ... aspberries


Raspberries are not well adapted to Texas conditions. However, with effort and care, you can produce sufficient quantities from a few feet of row to satisfy your taste for this fruit.

Avoid calcareous and heavy clay soils when planting raspberries because they do poorly on these sites. The best-adapted raspberries are trailing and require support for the vines, so plant them beside a fence or a trellis.

Frequent watering and mulch are necessary to attain any degree of success. Mulch with 4 to 6 inches of sawdust, hay, leaves, bark or other organic media. This keeps the plants' roots and crowns cool and moist for longer periods."

Hope this was helpful,

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

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