How to Plant Raspberries in Pots


Raspberries are delicious summer treats for many people. They make great snacks but can also be used for baking and making jams, jellies and syrups. Raspberries can be successfully grown in the ground in many parts of the United States, but they also can be grown in pots. Growing raspberries in containers is a good alternative for those with limited garden space or for those who move frequently. As long as the growing needs for raspberries are met, success growing a raspberry plant in a pot is almost assured.

Step 1

Plant the raspberry bush in a pot that is at least 15 inches in diameter or a 5-gallon container.

Step 2

Plant the raspberry bush where it will get at least six to eight hours of full sunlight each day.

Step 3

Fill the pot with potting soil. Add a dose of 10-10-10 fertilizer. Follow the fertilizer's label directions carefully.

Step 4

Dig a hole about 5 to 6 inches deep to plant the raspberry plant. Dig the hole slightly wider than the diameter of the plant's rootball.

Step 5

Place the raspberry plant in the hole gently. Set the roots down firmly so they make contact with the soil. Allow them to spread out naturally.

Step 6

Fill the hole in with dirt and tamp it down firmly. Pack it down firmly so that no air bubbles remain in the soil.

Step 7

Water the plant immediately after planting it so it can begin to set its roots. Give the raspberry plant 1 to 2 inches of water a week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use soil from the ground for growing raspberries in pots. The soil can have fungi or bacteria in it that can harm the plant. That soil also may contain weed seeds that can limit the raspberry plant's ability to grow and thrive.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot at least 15 inches in diameter
  • Potting soil
  • 10-10-10 plant fertilizer
  • Small shovel


  • Container Gardening Tips: Growing Raspberries in Pots
  • Oregon State University Extension: Growing Raspberries in Your Home Garden
  • Ohio State University: Raspberries for the Backyard Fruit Planting
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About this Author

Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.