Black-caps or Black Raspberries have become very popular of late years, many persons being fond of their peculiar flavor. They belong to a distinct species from the ordinary Raspberries; the plants make no suckers, but propagate themselves by taking root at the ends of the long branches, which in the fall, if allowed to grow at will, bend over and reach the earth. They throw up shoots from the base of the plant which take the place of those which have already borne a crop. In gardens where there is no desire to propagate the plants, the growing shoots should be pinched off when they get three or four feet high, and any side-shoots they may throw off are stopped by pinching when they are about 18 inches long. The bearing wood is thinned oat after the fruit is off.
Mammoth Cluster is considered the most productive of all the numerous varieties.
This is preferable to the others in being nearly free from spines, and though the fruit is not quite so large, it is much more easily gathered.