Heritage Raspberry Planting Instructions


The heritage raspberry should be planted in a site that is well-drained; one that has full sun, and is protected from the wind. Raspberries do well in soil that is high in organic material. They should not be planted in soil that previously grew potatoes, tomatoes, peppers or eggplant, because of the possible transfer of disease (raspberries are susceptible to the same diseases that the aforementioned crops are). This cultivar is disease-resistant, and an ever-bearing species (which means that it produces two crops during the growing season). It will begin fruiting in mid-summer and continue through the fall. Heritage raspberries are hardy in zones 4-8. Plant in early spring.

Step 1

Place the bare root canes in a bucket of water for one hour before planting--this is if you have purchased bare root canes. Do not allow the roots to dry out. If you have purchased a container-grown plant you do not have to do this.

Step 2

Loosen the soil with your cultivator. Break up any clumps of soil, and even out the plant bed.

Step 3

Dig the hole. If you are planting bare root canes you will need to check the stem for the soil line to see how deep the plants were planted previously, and then dig the hole ¼ inch deeper. If you are planting a container raspberry plant, dig the hole twice the size of the root ball and to a depth that matches the depth of the container.

Step 4

Place the bare root cane or the container-grown plant in the hole. Break up the soil (slightly) around the roots of a container-grown plant before placing it in the hole. Spread the roots out.

Step 5

Fill the hole with soil. Press the soil down around the plant to remove any air pockets in the soil.

Step 6

Water the plant thoroughly. Add a layer of bark/mulch to retain the water and to keep the weeds down. A bag of bark will cover an area approximately 1 foot wide by 3 feet long. The amount of bark/mulch you need will depend upon the number of plants that you are planting, and the size of your plant bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-held garden trowel
  • Hand-held garden cultivator
  • Mulch


  • Ohio State University: Raspberries for the Backyard Fruit Planting
  • Gardener's Supply Company: Heritage Raspberries
  • Gardener's Supply Company: Heritage Red Raspberries
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