Are My Raspberries Dead? - Knowledgebase Question

Atlantic Mine, MI
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Question by wpschwandt
June 28, 1999
Approx. six weeks ago I planted new raspberry plants, I have yet to see any growth. They still look just like they did when I planted them, a bare stalk sticking out of the ground. Do you think that they are dead?

Answer from NGA
June 28, 1999
It sounds like they may have met their maker. By now they should have at least sprouted some leaves. You can check by pruning the end off a couple of the canes to see if there is any green tissue inside. If you kept the soil evenly moist, and the soil is rich and well-drained, then perhaps the stock was dead when you got it. Another important note: if these were bareroot canes, and the roots dried out before you had a chance to plant them, they surely wouldn't survive. I hope this helps somewhat!

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