This pretty ground cover blooms early with bright pink flowers and has red fruits in mid-summer. As the name suggests, it’s very cold hardy. I’m excited to try it for the first time this year and have three varieties at the plant sale on Saturday, April 18th: ‘Valentina’, ‘Sophia’ and ‘Beta’. At least two varieties are needed to ensure good fruit set, but I’m not sure the varieties are very distinct. We shall see!
Arctic raspberry likes sun to part shade in average to moist, well-drained acidic soil. I have read that they are adaptable to various conditions and could be somewhat drought tolerant once established. They grow about 6 to 12 inches tall and should be planted 12-24 inches apart.
The fruit is ripe in July and comes off the stem easily when it’s ready to pick. It’s good for fresh eating, jam, baking, smoothies or anything you would use red raspberries for.
If you try some this year, let me know your experience.