Raspberries grown in a home garden often spread into a healthy raspberry patch. When a gardener has success growing raspberries, propagation often becomes a growing goal. You can easily plant raspberry cuttings by trimming the stems from your raspberry canes. With minimal care, these new cuttings will soon grow into new raspberry plants that will produce delicious raspberries throughout the growing season.
Use the pruning shears to trim away the top 6 inches from healthy raspberry canes. Choose canes that are firm yet moist and green in early to midsummer.
Cut away any leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the stems. Leave approximately four leaves at the tops of the stems.
Prepare the planting area for the cuttings. Cultivate the area lightly with the hand rake and add 2 inches of compost to the soil.
Insert the bottom ends of the canes into the prepared planting area 2 inches. Space the canes approximately 1 foot apart.
Use the garden hose to saturate the soil lightly. Keep the soil evenly moist for one month after planting the raspberry cuttings.
Treat the raspberry cuttings as new raspberry plants after approximately one month. The stems should have roots growing beneath the soil and new foliage sprouting from the stems by this time.
Provide water for the new raspberry plants if less than 1 inch of rain falls during a one-week period. Moisten the soil completely without watering to the point of puddles.