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How to Plant Raspberries in Pots

By Anna Aronson ; Updated September 21, 2017
It's possible to grow raspberries in a pot.
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Raspberries are delicious summer treats for many people. They make great snacks but can also be used for baking and making jams, jellies and syrups. Raspberries can be successfully grown in the ground in many parts of the United States, but they also can be grown in pots. Growing raspberries in containers is a good alternative for those with limited garden space or for those who move frequently. As long as the growing needs for raspberries are met, success growing a raspberry plant in a pot is almost assured.

Plant the raspberry bush in a pot that is at least 15 inches in diameter or a 5-gallon container.

Plant the raspberry bush where it will get at least six to eight hours of full sunlight each day.

Fill the pot with potting soil. Add a dose of 10-10-10 fertilizer. Follow the fertilizer's label directions carefully.

Dig a hole about 5 to 6 inches deep to plant the raspberry plant. Dig the hole slightly wider than the diameter of the plant's rootball.

Place the raspberry plant in the hole gently. Set the roots down firmly so they make contact with the soil. Allow them to spread out naturally.

Fill the hole in with dirt and tamp it down firmly. Pack it down firmly so that no air bubbles remain in the soil.

Water the plant immediately after planting it so it can begin to set its roots. Give the raspberry plant 1 to 2 inches of water a week.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Large pot at least 15 inches in diameter
  • Potting soil
  • 10-10-10 plant fertilizer
  • Small shovel

Tips

  • Place mulch around the base of the raspberry plant to help it conserve moisture.
  • As the plant grows, a trellis or other support system in the pot will help the raspberry plant grow upright.
  • Optimal soil pH for raspberries is between 5.6 and 6.2.
  • To test the soil before planting, contact a local university extension office.

Warning

  • Do not use soil from the ground for growing raspberries in pots. The soil can have fungi or bacteria in it that can harm the plant. That soil also may contain weed seeds that can limit the raspberry plant's ability to grow and thrive.

About the Author

 

Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.