Raspberry Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral' (F)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
raspberry 'Malling Admiral'


Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral' (F), commonly known as the red raspberry, is characterized by its long, arching canes which bear thorns. The foliage is a deep green with a textured appearance, featuring compound leaves that are typically made up of three to five leaflets with serrated edges. In the spring and summer, the raspberry plant produces small, white flowers that are about an inch in diameter. These delicate flowers usually have five petals and are a favorite among pollinators such as bees. Following the flowering period, the raspberry plant begins to set fruit. The berries develop from tiny, green drupelets that mature into a cohesive, large, and plump fruit, typically red in color, although the hue can vary. Each raspberry is made up of numerous small drupelets clustered around a central core, and they tend to be hollow once picked. The berries have a sweet and slightly tart flavor that is highly appreciated in culinary uses. Raspberries typically ripen in the summer, although the timing can vary depending on the specific variety and local climate conditions. The fruit is favored for eating fresh, as well as for use in recipes such as jams, jellies, desserts, and other dishes.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Red Raspberry, European Raspberry, Malling Admiral Raspberry

    • Common names

      Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral' (F).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral' (F) is raspberry, and this plant is not toxic to humans. In fact, raspberries are commonly consumed and are known for their nutritional benefits. There are no known toxic effects from ingesting any parts of the raspberry plant, and it is generally considered safe for human consumption.

    • To pets

      Regarding the raspberry plant, it is generally not toxic to pets. Pets can consume raspberries in moderation without the risk of poisoning. There are no specific symptoms of poisoning associated with this plant, as it is not considered harmful to pets. However, as with any food not part of the regular pet diet, it is recommended to introduce such snacks in small quantities and monitor for any unusual reactions.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      4 feet (1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Nutritious Berries: Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral' produces raspberries high in vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and antioxidants.
    • Edible Landscaping: Offers an attractive addition to edible gardens with its lush green foliage and bright red fruit.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Flowers of the raspberry plant attract bees and other pollinators, benefiting the overall health of your garden's ecosystem.
    • Culinary Versatility: Raspberries can be used in a variety of recipes, including jams, pies, and fresh fruit salads.
    • Economic Value: Growing your own raspberries can save money on grocery bills, as store-bought berries are often expensive.
    • Easy Propagation: Can be easily propagated by canes to expand your garden or share with others.
    • Seasonal Interest: Offers seasonal changes in appearance, from flowering to fruiting, which adds visual interest to the garden throughout the growing season.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antioxidant - Raspberry leaves (from Rubus idaeus) contain various antioxidants that may help in reducing oxidative stress.
    • Astringent - The leaves are known for their astringent properties which can be beneficial in tightening tissues and providing relief for sore throats.
    • Anti-inflammatory - Raspberries have anti-inflammatory properties which might help in reducing inflammation.
    • Gastrointestinal relief - Raspberry leaf tea has been traditionally used to soothe the gastrointestinal tract.
    • Menstrual relief - The leaves of Rubus idaeus have been used traditionally to ease menstrual cramps and manage premenstrual symptoms.
    • Labor facilitator - Raspberry leaf has been claimed to be a uterine tonic that might help facilitate labor, though its effectiveness is scientifically unclear.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Raspberry leaves can be used as a natural dye, providing colors ranging from green to yellow, depending on the mordant used.
    • The canes of raspberries can be woven into baskets or used as natural supports for other climbing plants in the garden.
    • Dried raspberry leaves can serve as a filler in sachets or potpourris to add a pleasant fragrance to drawers and closets.
    • Raspberry plants are beneficial for bees and other pollinators, providing a valuable nectar source when in flower.
    • The dense growth habit of raspberry bushes can be utilized for creating natural fencing or privacy hedges in the garden.
    • Raspberry branches can be fashioned into rustic walking sticks or garden canes after they have been properly dried and treated.
    • When pruned, the thorny branches can be laid at the base of other plants to act as a natural deterrent against pests and animals.
    • Leaves from the raspberry plant can be used to create a natural mulch or compost activator, contributing to the nutrient cycle in the garden.
    • Fallen raspberry leaves can also serve as a habitat for beneficial insects, fostering biodiversity within the garden ecosystem.
    • In arts and crafts, raspberry canes can be used to create plant supports in miniature fairy or gnome gardens for a whimsical touch.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Raspberry is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Raspberry is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Rubus idaeus, commonly known as raspberry, has thorny branches which historically have been viewed as a natural barrier against negative energies.
    • Sweetness and Pleasure: The sweet fruit of the raspberry can symbolize the enjoyment of life's pleasures and the sweetness of a person's character.
    • Innocence and Purity: The delicate nature of the raspberry and its pure, untainted flavor could represent innocence and purity in various cultural contexts.
    • Fertility: Raspberries are prolific fruit bearers, and they're often associated with fertility and abundance.
    • Kindness: Due to its pleasing flavor, raspberries can symbolize kindness and thoughtfulness towards others.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The raspberry plant, commonly known as Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral', should be watered deeply once a week during the growing season, ensuring that the soil is soaked through to the root level. Each plant typically needs around 1 to 2 gallons of water during this weekly watering, depending on weather conditions and soil type. As raspberries prefer consistently moist soil, it is important to increase watering during dry spells or high temperatures to maintain adequate moisture levels. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plants are dormant and require less water. Always check the soil moisture before watering to avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    The raspberry plant, known as Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral', thrives best in full sunlight. It requires at least six hours of direct sun each day for optimal growth and fruit production. A spot that offers morning sunlight and some protection from harsh afternoon sun can be ideal, particularly in warmer climates. Avoid heavily shaded areas as insufficient light can reduce yield and fruit quality.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Raspberries, including the Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral', grow well in a range of temperatures but prefer a moderate climate. They can typically survive winter temperatures as low as -20°F but will need protection if temperatures drop further. The ideal temperature for growing healthy raspberry plants is between 55°F and 75°F, ensuring vigorous growth and fruit production. Avoid planting in areas where temperatures frequently exceed 85°F, as excessive heat can stress the plants.

  • scissorsPruning

    For Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral', commonly known as the raspberry plant, pruning is essential for maintaining plant health and increasing fruit production. Prune the canes that have already fruited immediately after harvest, as they will not produce again. In late winter or early spring, thin the canes, leaving only the strongest to grow for the next season’s fruit. Prune annually to prevent overcrowding, which can reduce yield and increase susceptibility to disease.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Raspberry 'Malling Admiral' prefers well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. A mix of garden soil, peat moss, and compost with added sand for drainage creates an ideal environment for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    Raspberry 'Malling Admiral', like most raspberry varieties, does not typically require repotting as it is cultivated outdoors and spreads through a root system rather than being potted.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Raspberry 'Malling Admiral' tolerates a wide range of humidity levels but prefers average to high humidity, typical of outdoor environments where it thrives best.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Not ideal for indoor growing due to size and light needs.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, rich soil, guarantee space for spread.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral', commonly known as the Malling Admiral raspberry, typically starts its life cycle when seeds germinate in spring under favorable conditions of warmth and moisture. The seedlings develop into canes (primocanes) during their first year, which grow vegetatively without producing fruit. In the second year, these canes (now termed floricanes) bear flowers which, after pollination, develop into the characteristic red raspberries during the summer. Following fruiting, the floricanes die back, while new primocanes grow to repeat the cycle. The plant also propagates vegetatively via root suckers, which allows it to spread and produce new canes away from the parent plant. Over time, the raspberry plant requires pruning to remove the spent floricanes and to manage the overall plant structure for optimal fruit production in subsequent years.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • Propogation: The Rubus idaeus 'Malling Admiral', commonly known as the raspberry, is typically propagated by root cuttings during the dormant season, which is late fall to early spring. The most popular method involves taking cuttings of the roots, which are segments of roots cut from a healthy, vigorous plant. These root cuttings should be about 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 centimeters) long and planted horizontally in the soil. The soil should be well-drained and fertile. The cuttings are placed about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) deep and spaced sufficiently to allow for the growth of new plants. In the right conditions, these cuttings will produce new canes that eventually become fruit-bearing plants, effectively creating clones of the parent plant. This propagation technique is efficient and often preferred for establishing new raspberry beds.