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Name: Jack Stellrecht
Albany NY (Zone 5b)
Mar 31, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Today I received a shipment of raspberry plants, about 1 month too soon. Since there is still snow on the ground, snowing today, and the ground is frozen I am unable to plant the berries. The plants are very healthy and full of buds. How should I store the plants until the ground is read for planting?
Name: Anne
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Mar 31, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Hi Jack and welcome to NGA!

I found this site which gives you some options.
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Name: greene
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Mar 31, 2017 11:55 AM CST
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 31, 2017 11:56 AM CST
I wouldn't order from that nursery again. They should ship at proper time for you to plant.
Call nursury and complain.
Refrigerator would work, if there not growing. But ! It sounds like they are. Put each one in a pot, and leave outside protected from freezing soil in pots.
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Mar 31, 2017 9:42 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @jack8245 .

Sadly, it seems that a lot of companies do NOT ship at the appropriate time... and I feel your pain about still having snow on the ground!

Depending on how many plants you have, I would suggest using one or more largish pots (or, you could even use plastic bags with some drainage holes poked into them); put maybe half a dozen of the plants together in potting soil in the container, water them in, and place the pot(s) or bag(s) in a shady spot or unheated garage/shed.

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