How to Plant Raspberries in Virginia


Raspberries are fruit belonging to the Rubus plant family, and are commonly grown throughout Virginia and other Southern states in the U.S. Because raspberries are primarily a summer fruit (one variety of raspberry blooms in the fall as well), it is optimal to plant raspberries in the winter when the fruit is dormant. Planting raspberries is not a difficult process; anyone who wishes to devote some time to nurturing and harvesting this delicious summer fruit can accomplish it.

Step 1

Use your shovel or spade to dig a 4-inch hole in a sunny spot in your lawn or garden.

Step 2

Add 3 cups of good potting soil to the soil you've just dug. Create a mixture of potting soil and garden soil to use to pack around the raspberry plant. The potting soil will add moisture and nutrients to your plant.

Step 3

Place your raspberry plant in the ground. Do not place the plant too deeply, only a few inches (no more than 4 inches) underground.

Step 4

Gently pack the soil mixture around the raspberry plant.

Step 5

Water your plant regularly. Climates in Virginia differ from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coastal region of the Hampton Roads area, so if you live in a drier mountainous climate (such as western Virginia), you will need to water your raspberry plant every other day. If you live in northern Virginia or eastern Virginia, twice weekly watering will be sufficient.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Shovel or spade
  • Potting soil
  • Raspberry plant
  • Water


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  • Gardening in Virginia
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