Raspberry Propagation - Knowledgebase Question

Montour Falls, NY
Question by mwoody
March 2, 1998
When is the best time of year to take raspberry root cuttings for starting new plants? How many years before good production? Also, if I dig a complete plant to transplant, when is the best time?


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 1998

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To make a root cutting, simply cut down into the plant's crown with a sharp shovel, dig up a mass of roots, and with a knife or small pruning shears cut them into pieces about 2 inches long. Plant these about 4 inches apart in a well-prepared bed. Lay them flat and cover them with about an inch of a compost, sand and soil mix. Early spring is the best time to make root cuttings.

After a few weeks, sprouts will appear from the root cuttings and a new bush will grow. After the plants have grown for a couple of years you can transplant them to their permanent home.

I would transplant an entire plant in the fall, so you don't disturb it for this season's harvest.

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