How to Replant Red Raspberry Plants

Red Raspberry leaves can be used to make tea. image by Waldo Jaquith/


Raspberry plants have runner roots that spring up into new baby plants in early summer. You can often find the baby raspberry plants in the vicinity of a raspberry patch in your yard or in the wild. The baby plants don't always spring up where you may want them in your garden, though. Replanting them is the perfect way to change their location and to expand your raspberry patch. You can start your first patch from a few baby plant you find in the wild, as well.

Step 1

Dig 1/2 to 1 foot deep around each side of the raspberry plant you want to pull out of the ground. make sure to get all the roots as you begin to pull it up. Keep your shovel about 4 to 6 inches from the plant.

Step 2

Locate the runner root, which may extend up to 1 foot outward from the plant and run horizontally under the ground. Dig around the runner root while dislodging it from the soil.

Step 3

Pick a location in your yard where your raspberry plants will get 6 to 8 hours of sun a day, but make sure it is also partly shaded so that the berries don't dry up from too much sun.

Step 4

Check to make sure your transplant area is completely free of weeds. If not, remove the weeds.

Step 5

Spread peat moss and homemade compost into the first foot of the soil. Use a shovel to mix it into the soil.

Step 6

Dig a hole 1/2 to 1 foot deep for the roots of your raspberry plants. Make sure to dig out an area big enough for the runner root.

Step 7

Place the roots of your plants into the soil. Spread the runner root out so that it is flat. Cover the roots with a mound of soil and pack it down.

Step 8

Add more raspberry plants to your patch by spacing them 2 feet apart in rows also 2 feet apart. Water your patch immediately. Give them 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Peat moss
  • Compost


  • Advanced Gardening:Cutting-Edge Growing Techniques for Gardeners; Miranda Smith; 2001.
Keywords: red raspberries, transplanting, runner roots

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: Waldo Jaquith/