The Q&A Archives: Can Raspberries Be Planted In Pots?

Question: I recently foud out that I would not be allowed to plant my raspberry plants that I just bought, on the property that I am currenlty living on. Can raspberries be grown in large, outdoor pots? If so, what size do I need and are there any other special instructions I should know?

Answer: Some varieties of raspberries can be grown in containers if you handle them correctly. Plant in something very large, minimal size being a half whiskey barrel. Choose varieties that are everbearing like Heritage, September, and Indian Summer. After they produce a crop in the summer, cut them down to the soil level in late fall or winter. The new growth that emerges the following spring will produce that season. Repeat the process. Growing berries like this sacrifices the second crop you usually can get from everbearers, but you have to sacrifice that because of space constraints. Be sure to use rich soil, heavily amended with organic matter, and keep an eye on water. Containers dry out easily. You can plant 2-3 plants in one half whiskey barrel, but I would stick to 1-2.

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