Raspberry leaves.Advice please

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  1. Michael04

    Michael04 Gardener

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    Hi all
    My raspberry plant has holes in the leaves.I can't find any little visitors on the leaves.
    Any idea what is causing it and advice please.
    Plant is 3 years old and in a large container.
    Thanks MichaelIMG_20220707_191741.jpg
     
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      Hi @Michael04
      I don't know what it is but i wouldn't be worried about it, I grow raspberries and they're ok with the holes.
       
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        Hi Logan,
        Thanks very much.Had the plant for 3 years hoping for fruit this year for the first time.
         
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          Hi,

          Some of ours have a lot more holes than yours, though not sure what bug makes them ?

          Whats more concerning is that you say its the third year and yet to fruit, that does not sound right unless you unusually grew them from seed ?

          Typically you buy 'canes' and they will normally give a small crop of fruit in the first year.

          Do you know what the Variety is and if its a Summer or Autumn fruiting type ?
          Also do you prune it down to the ground each year and if so when ?

          Can you say what the pot diameter is and say how tall above the pot the plant is ?
           
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          Good morning ricky101,
          Thanks for your reply.
          The pot is 15" diameter and the plant is 17" from soil to top of plant.
          Photo of plant name attached.
          Thanks
          MichaelIMG_20220709_093121.jpgIMG_20220709_093151.jpg
           
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            Hi,

            So yours is an Autumn fruiting type, and it does so on this years growth and you cut all the stems down after fruiting in late Autumn.

            Its a good sized pot so why it has not flowered is difficult to say.
            It does seem a little small for a 3 year old plant, though healthy enough looking new growth.

            How are you feeding it ?

            Up to now it should have a balanced fertiliser like Growmore, but once you see signs of the flower buds developing you should change to Tomato feed to encourage the fruit.

            You would expect to see the flower buds anytime from now onwards, though think yours has a lot more upwards growth before they will form, a typical plant in the garden border will get about 1.5m tall.

            Can only suggest you keep it well watered and fed and hopefully it will bear fruit this year.

            If not then try a different plant or variety next year, eg Autum Bliss or Polka as they should flower and fruit in the first year, ideally in the soil rather than a pot if possible.
            ( One plant will not give you than much fruit, would suggest 2-4 plants.)

            hth
             
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              Good evening all,
              Thanks for your replies and advice.
              I take it all onboard.The only feed I have used is tomato feed.I shall change that as advised.
              Thanks all
              Michael
               
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              Hi,

              Might be worth giving one or two weekly feeds to give it a bit of a growth boost with something like a Liquid feed of Growmore or similar balanced fertiliser, when / if you see any signs of the flower buds forming then go back to the weekly Tom feed.

              Typical flower buds forming -
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              Morning,
              Thanks ricky101
               
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