The Q&A Archives: Raspberry Suckers

Question: Can Raspberrie suckers be relocated and planted?

I pulled out the smallest ones but there is one that is about 1' out from one original plant and it looks perfect, directly spaced from the plants in the row.

How do I know if it is a sucker that I should pull vs. a plant that i should replant?

Will it make a difference if I leave it?

Answer: Yes, you can dig up the raspberry suckers and plant them elsewhere in the garden. Raspberries renew themselves by sending up new shoots each year because the canes that produced berries the previous year will die down to ground level. So every new shoot that pops up will be a brand new raspberry plant. You can either dig them up and replant them or just leave them alone. As the old canes die out, new ones will emerge which will keep your raspberry patch thick and full of new fruit year after year. Enjoy!

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