How to Plant Raspberry Bushes in Patio Pots


The raspberry bush, a very hardy plant, thrives in full sun and should be watered daily. Plant it in early spring or in the fall. Berries may appear the first summer if planted in spring, but will more likely not produce until the next year. After established, you can expect a yearly harvest from July until fall. While raspberry bushes can be planted in containers, they do require some space and must be planted in a large pot to thrive.

Step 1

Fill large pot, at least 24 inches wide and very deep, with potting soil.

Step 2

Soak bareroots, the roots of the bush at the bottom of the plant, of raspberry bushes in water for an hour before planting.

Step 3

Make a hole, about 8 inches deep, in the center of the soil in the pot.

Step 4

Place raspberry bush in hole in pot. Cover with soil.

Step 5

Place a trellis that will fit inside the pot next to the bush. Secure the bush to the trellis with twine. Secure loosely so the plant is not moved or restricted from growing.

Step 6

Water soil until it is well saturated.

Step 7

Prune branches after the first year. Prune only the branches that have produced fruit, cutting branches off to soil level with a pair of sharp shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Large planter pot
  • Potting soil
  • Trellis
  • Twine


  • West Virginia University: Container Gardening
  • University of Maine Extension: Growing Raspberries and Blackberries
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