Growing Raspberries: How Long Does it Take to Grow a Bumper Crop?

Raspberry Growing: How Long is the Wait?

Growing your own raspberries can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but one question that crops up often is “How long does it take to grow raspberry?

The Growth Cycle of a Raspberry Plant

First things first, you need to understand the growth cycle of a raspberry plant. Raspberries are perennials, which means they live for more than two years. However, there are different types of raspberries with varying production cycles. Primocane varieties produce fruit on first-year canes while floricane varieties produce fruit on second-year canes.

The average lifespan of a raspberry plant is about ten years before they need replacing. During this time, their growth cycle goes through several phases including dormancy during winter months followed by flowering in late spring or early summer and ultimately producing fruit in mid-to-late summer.

Time Frame for Growing Raspberries

Now that we have some basic knowledge about the growth cycle of raspberries let’s tackle our original question – how long will it take for them to grow?

It depends on various factors such as soil quality, climate conditions like sunlight exposure, temperature fluctuations & rainfall patterns among others but generally speaking from planting until harvesting its berries takes around 18 months.

Usually within a year after planting raspberry bushes starts producing leaves and stems which will provide needed energy reserves for next year’s crop.

During the second year of growing process flowers appear signaling soon-to-be delicious raspberries!

Within six weeks after flowering (a period called “berry development”), ripe red berries should finally start appearing all over your patch ready to be picked!


In conclusion growing your own raspberries requires patience and understanding that plants don’t just sprout overnight; hence if you want fresh succulent fruits straight from garden without waiting too long then you could consider buying an already established raspberry plant. Growing raspberries might be a daunting task for some, and not everyone has the time or patience to wait for 18 months before enjoying its delicious berries.