How to Grow Raspberries on a Trellis

Overview

Raspberry plants are an ideal addition to any garden or landscape for their easy quick growth and delicious fruit harvest. Raspberries are easy for gardeners to grow compared with other fruit, and they grow best in cool climates, but there are a lot of different raspberry varieties for different regions. Growing them on a trellis is the easiest way and doesn't take up a lot of space.

Step 1

Prepare the ground in advance before planting. Clear the area of weeds and grass, and add good quality potting soil to the area if you have poor soil quality. Make sure the area gets at least six hours of sun per day. If you have a trellis, set it up in this area so that you can plant the raspberries right in front of it to train them to grow.

Step 2

The best type of trellis has a wooden stake deeply secured in the ground (about 1 1/2 feet deep) on either side of the raspberry plant. Secure tension wires to each stake, keeping it tight about 3 feet high off the ground.

Step 3

Plant the raspberries in the early spring in a hole that is 1 1/2 times larger then the root ball, using the shovel to dig the hole. Buy certified, disease-free raspberry plants from a good nursery. Plant raspberries about 2 feet apart in rows that are about 8 feet apart. Use two plants per trellis. Water thoroughly after planting.

Step 4

Mulch between the plants after planting. Tie the raspberry plant canes to the wires with soft twine as they grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Raspberry plants
  • Shovel
  • Good quality potting soil, if necessary
  • Wooden stakes
  • Tension wire
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Soft twine

References

  • Using a Trellis For Raspberries
  • Growing Raspberry Plants
  • Caring for Berry Plants
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