Everbearing Raspberries - Knowledgebase Question

Arlington, VA
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Question by allincarter
September 6, 1998
Our Everbearing Raspberries died this summer. Our four year old loves to pick (and eat) the raspberries, so I'd like to get a jump on next season by planting new plants this fall. Is it advisable to wait until spring?

Answer from NGA
September 6, 1998
Newly planted raspberries will get off to a better start if they're planted in early spring. When starts are planted in warm soil and exposed to bright sunshine, they'll sprout right away and develop healthy root systems. Wait until this spring and then plant the most vigorous-looking rooted cuttings you can find. Be sure to prepare the planting site well; add compost or other organic matter and dig it in prior to planting your new raspberries. If they're sitting high and dry, they'll be less susceptible to insect and disease problems.

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