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It’s understandably difficult to discard healthy canes that you have
pruned to thin your raspberry stand. If you have an empty spot in your
raspberry stand, transplanting raspberries lets you preserve some of the
strong, healthy canes and increase the productivity of your raspberry stand.
The first thing to do when transplanting raspberries from one spot to
another is to make sure it is weed and disease free. Weeding is easy… or at
least as easy as it was during the summer! However, there are a couple of
ways to determine if the spot is disease free. The first way is easy. If you
removed weak or diseased plants from the spot, then chances are the area is
not disease free. Contact your county extension agent for a soil test to
make sure that the soil isn’t contaminated.
The reason for a barren area also could be that the soil is under or
over-fertilized. The results of a soil test will give you all the
information to know if your intended spot is fit for transplanting
raspberries. Alternatively, if you are reasonably sure that there is no
fungal infection, no viral disease, and that there are no disease carrying
parasites in the area, you can also purchase a PH test kit from your local
nursery or the garden shop of many large department stores. A PH test kit
will tell you whether your soil is properly balanced for transplanting and
Although some gardeners with a very green thumb have success in
transplanting raspberries in the fall, most of us need to wait until spring.
To preserve your raspberry plants through the winter, cover their roots with
moist soil, sand, or wood shavings and store them in a cool place, away from
the danger of freezing. An unheated garage, cellar, or basement is a good
place to store bare root seedlings over winter.
In the spring, transplant your raspberry canes just as if you had purchased
them from a greenhouse. Transplanting raspberries should be done as soon as
the last frost is out of the ground.
Soak the roots in a bucket of water for an hour before transplanting
Dig holes that are deep and wide enough to spread the roots with no
crowding. Thoroughly water the holes, but don’t let water stand in them.
Plant each cane one to two inches deeper than it was before you dug it out.
Firm the soil, taking out any air pockets, then water again. Cut each cane
back to about eight inches. Then pour yourself a cup of patience as you wait
for your raspberry transplants to become growing raspberries.
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