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How to Fertilize Raspberry Plants

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Overview

Whether black, purple, red or yellow, everbearing or summer blooming, raspberries are a popular garden plant. But to produce nutritious and delicious fruit, raspberry bushes requires regular fertilization. These plants are heavy feeders because they produce their fruit on tall canes that they grow every two years. Without regular feeding, your raspberry bush may not have the energy to produce the fruit you love.

Step 1

Spread 2 oz. of a 5-10-15 granular plant fertilizer evenly over the roots of your raspberry plant two weeks after you plant it.

Step 2

Water the soil around your plant with 1 to 2 inches of water to help the fertilizer reach the raspberry plant's roots.

Step 3

Spread 1/2 cup of a 10-10-10 granular plant fertilizer evenly over the roots of your raspberry plant the following spring before the raspberry plant produces new growth.

Step 4

Water the soil around your plant with 1 to 2 inches of water to help the fertilizer reach the raspberry plant's roots.

Step 5

Continue to fertilize the raspberry plant each spring before new growth begins.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not fertilize raspberry plants in the late spring or summer.

References

  • University of Illinois: Raspberries
  • North Dakota State University: Raspberries
  • Iowa State University: Proper Care of Raspberries
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Emma Gin is a freelance writer who specializes in green, healthy and smart living. She is currently working on developing a weight-loss website that focuses on community and re-education. Gin is also working on a collection of short stories, because she knows what they say about idle hands.