blueberries/raspberries - Knowledgebase Question

ST. PETERS, Mi
Question by jstreet766
September 29, 2010
zone5..bought alot @75% and have in container...need to keep in that cuz i want to take them with when i move...should i wait to transplant and keep insulated(outdoors) and prune back now (some raspberries are still pickable!! wait till spring??? i will also be buying all they close out at our local store so I want a large patch eventually! thanks you so much...Im associate and pass alot of this


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Answer from NGA
September 29, 2010

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Sounds like you got a real bargain! The plants will be fine in the containers until next spring and the blueberries won't need to be pruned back until the early spring. You can continue to harvest the berries on your raspberry plants. Once you've finished harvesting you can prune down the canes that held the berries. The plants should be kept outdoors this winter. If possible, sink the pots into the garden so the soil can help insulate the roots from extreme cold. If that's not possible, invest in one of those inexpensive styrofoam coolers, set the pots in there (cut some holes in the bottom of the cooler so excess water can drain out). After placing the pots in the cooler or other insulated container, cover over the tops of the pots with insulating material such as straw or pine needles. I'm sure you're creative enough to find a way to insulate the roots from winter's cold. Best wishes with your new plants.

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