Planting Raspberries - Knowledgebase Question

Upton, MA
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Question by jarchambault
September 19, 2000
What time of year should I plant new raspberries and how should the planting be done?

Answer from NGA
September 19, 2000
Raspberries are usually planted in the early spring. Raspberry plants need full sun exposure and a soil that holds moisture but drains well, such as a good, rich, crumbly garden soil. They prefer a pH that is slightly acidic (5.5-6.0). Clear and till the planting area, removing large rocks, and work in some organic material and bone meal at tilling time. A couple of hours before planting, soak the roots in a bucket of water. When planting the raspberries, set them a few inches deeper than they were growing at the nursery. While growing (especially during flower/fruit production) your plants will need a regular water supply. To help keep the plants from drying out, a thick layer of mulch, such as straw, is beneficial. The mulch also helps keep weeds at bay.

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