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Northwest Indiana
Mar 7, 2018 9:39 PM CST
I bought some raspberry blackberry and blueberry plants last spring. They are about a foot tall with their roots and soil wrapped in plastic. I never got around to planting them last year. Any chance they are still alive? I still have them and would love to coax them back to life if it's possible. Or would I just be wasting my time?
Name: Trish
North Yorkshire
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Mar 8, 2018 8:22 AM CST

I would say they have two chances - live or die. I would recommend unwrapping them and soaking their roots well, then maybe plant up in a container and see what happens.
Good luck. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Mar 8, 2018 8:39 AM CST
Try testing (snapping) and see if the sticks are all dry and brittle?
Are the roots moist, and fresh smelling,or dry, or rotten?
I wouldn't put too much effort in, and even IF they show signs of life, they will be weakened, I feel sure.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 8, 2018 9:14 AM CST
Scratch canes, see if green under bark. Remove any roots that are not healthy. Then plant.
Ttfn 😀
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