How to Transplant Red Raspberry Plants


Red raspberry plants are native to America or Europe, depending the variety being grown. Most red raspberries are hardy to USDA zone 3, so they can handle cold weather. If your red raspberry plants are not producing many berries, they might not be growing in the right place. Transplanting red raspberry plants to an ideal location may increase your yield.

Step 1

Choose a planting location with full sun and well-drained soil.

Step 2

Weed the area well and add 4 inches of compost per square foot of soil. Work the compost into the soil to a depth of 5 inches.

Step 3

Cut back the red raspberry plant you wish to transplant to 6 inches from the ground. Remove all foliage. This will reduce stress on the plant.

Step 4

Dig up your red raspberry plant with a shovel. Dig around the plant by 1 foot to avoid upsetting the roots. Loosen the soil until the plant can be easily lifted.

Step 5

Dig a hole for the transplanted red raspberry plant 2 to 3 inches deeper than the roots and three times as wide.

Step 6

Place the red raspberry plant in the hole and fill the hole with soil. Water until the soil is moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow transplanted red raspberry roots to dry out, or the plant might die.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost


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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.