Home-grown and cultivated raspberries are a treat. The bare root raspberry plants are dormant and may even have an appearance of a dead stick with roots. Both summer-bearing and ever-bearing varieties exist, and the plants are biennial, which means they will flower and bear fruit the second year after they are planted. Some ever-bearing raspberries may produce at the end of the summer of the first year of growth.
Inspect the roots of the raspberry plant. Remove any broken or damaged roots by pruning them, which will prevent disease in your raspberry bed.
Soak the roots for a few hours in room-temperature water if they are dry.
Dig holes two to three feet apart in a tilled and fertilized row of good garden soil. The hole must be the width of the spread-out root system plus half that width again. For example, if a plant has roots that spread out in an 8-inch width, you must dig a 12 inch wide hole. The holes should be 5 to 6 inches deep unless otherwise printed on an included instruction sheet from the plant nursery.
Hold the raspberry root system and spread it over the center of the hole. Carefully fill the hole in with soil around the spread-out roots. Continue planting the row of bare roots into the holes.