Raspberry failure...

22 November, 2015

There is something wrong with this picture.


Can you see my raspberry problem?


What about here, it is clear as day.


If you are still confused, this should make all clear.


I am VERY DISAPPOINTED Digger's!

Now this may seem like an overstatement, but let me elaborate. I first bought 6 Digger's Gold raspberry plants around 4 years ago now. They grew well, but when it came time for them to fruit they produced a tasty berry, but it was unfortunately red. Not golden as promised. No matter, I called them to explain the issue and they very promptly sent me 6 replacement plants. I planted these and dreamed golden raspberry dreams. Another year came and went and they plants flowered and then produced the much desired fruit. However, these berries were ALSO RED!

Can you see how I'm getting a little annoyed here?

I then called Digger's again and to their credit they offered to replace the plants again. I told them I had no faith in their golden raspberry plants, and they kindly offered me a credit, which I used to buy some nice regular blueberry plants which seem to be producing the promised blueberries.

But I still dreamed for golden raspberries.

I even bought raspberry seeds and attempted to germinate them, but these failed to come good.

So one day last year at Digger's I saw the golden raspberry again, and I succumbed. I bought one plant, and put this in a wicking bucket where it thrived. It set fruit and I eagerly awaited them, feeling that surely this time they would grow true to labelled type?

No, they did not. This is three separate lots of plants, bought over three separate years, and each and every one has produced a red berry.

What could I be doing wrong? I've read up online and there could be no cross pollination issues, or soil conditions, or anything else I could possibly come up with that could make a golden berry fruit red. But I am prepared to believe it could be due to me, and not Digger's making a fortune out of selling a dud plant.

But the problem remains, I still really, really want to grow golden raspberries.

So this is my last effort.



To be sure I don't need to wait for another 12 months to then find I have another dud plant, I found one with forming berries.


At least if it is not golden I won't have wasted 12 months in hope.

But for now I'm off to console myself for my lack of golden berries with these.


17 comments:

  1. Oh, that is truly disappointing...and a real mystery too. I planted everbearing golden raspberry canes (a variety called Fall Gold) this past spring and, although they didn't produce any ripe berries before the cold weather came, there were some almost ripe ones that definitely looked golden. I'll keep my fingers crossed that your new purchase bears true to the tag & you finally end up with some golden berries in your bowl.

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    1. Fingers crossed here too. The annoying thing is here in Aus there aren't any other garden nursery's that sell golden raspberries, other than Digger's and this other plant I've just found, that I've come across. I looked online multiple times and found all these golden rasp varieties, but was unable to find them for purchase here unfortunately. Hopefully these will fruit golden fruit though!

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  2. you can't even dye them to pretend they're golden. what a drama! I wonder if other digger's customers have had the same problem?
    enjoy your consolation prize ;-)

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    1. I know, or paint them like Alice in wonderland. I know of one other person who bought a bunch at the same time as me had the same issues, but no more than that. At least top he consolation prize was delicious.

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  3. What a pain! If Diggers are just buying these in and re-selling them, then I wonder who their supplier is and whether they're here or overseas.

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    1. Yes! I kinda want to call them and complain again, but I also feel like it is a complete waste of time.

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  4. Yesss, they definitely are not golden. Could it be that the golden raspberry is just as elusive as the golden wrapper in Willy Wonka. If i squint my eyes when looking at a photo of Clive Blazey, he sort of resembles Charlie's grandpa.
    Bek, i think you should phone Diggers and threaten Clive that if he doesn't produce the goods, you will threaten to plant eucalypts out the front of Heronswood. ;)

    Fingers crossed for you.

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    1. Haha, that's so true. Maybe I should. That would be a pain worse than death ;)

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  6. Hmm, I wonder if this is what happened to mine- I bought 3 varieties from Diggers, one of which was golden. They've taken off, and I've had lots of fruit, but no golden ones. I figured that maybe the golden one died, or needed a couple of years to fruit, (they're 2 years old now) they've grown all over the place, so it's hard to tell which plant is which, except that the Willamette is not spiky. Yummy berries though!

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    1. Interesting! I wonder if there are others out there. Your story makes 3 people with dubious plants. Ah, well, at least there are raspberries!

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  7. Aha! I was just googling to see if anyone else has non-gold gold raspberries, or if I'd got a dodgy batch... And here we are! They grew beautifully. A little too well actually, they've taken over the bed. But they are red. Slightly larger than my Willamette, maybe a shade less red, but not gold at all. I had lost faith in diggers before these fruited - I think they've become too interested in raving about the evils of Monsanto and the necessity to grow your own food, and forgotten to share tips how to do so. Ive had multiple fails with their plants and their customer service was less than helpful when I called to ask where my order was. I let my membership lapse after 5 years, and won't bother buying again - especially if their 'exclusive member only' gold raspberry is clearly a flop.

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    1. Interesting. Mine are also slightly larger than Willamette, good flavour but not gold.
      I am in two minds about Digger's. I like that they are so accessible, but I don't like the members exclusiveness and I find their customer service for online orders pretty average. But I like their stores (for those close enough in Vic). I too have let my membership lapse, but I think I'll still buy their seeds, amongst Eden and Cornucopia seeds and other companies.

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  8. Oh gosh! My sister found this post because we both bought digger's gold raspberries but only see red! I thought I was going mad mixing my plants up as they're in pots but thank goodness you have solved our mystery! I don't like your chances with that new plant though, the berries already look too dark. Where are you? Maybe your Zone has something to do with it? We're in Wodonga and we get really cold in winter and really hot in summer. The nights are already rather cold and we're in early Autumn. Perhaps The berries can't help going red because of the inland cold? Diggers is down on the southern VIC coast so maybe it's not as cold down there?

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    1. I don't think its climate related to be honest. From what I read up, climate/soil type etc don't make a difference, its genetic.
      I'm sorry to hear you have also been a victim of the false gold raspberry, but at least you are not alone.

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  9. PS: I too have been a member for 5 years and am of the same mind as Samantha Buchanan. I don't see the value in the membership any more and don't think I'll be renewing mine in June.

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    1. Fair enough. I still shop at diggers occasionally, but like you I can't see enough value in being a member.

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