A thriving raspberry thicket will grow and expand over time, with new suckers growing in the soil around the parent plants. These new suckers are future raspberry plants that will grow to produce more and more raspberries. Sometimes gardeners need to transplant these new raspberry plants to different areas when growing room is an issue. It is a simple process to carefully dig up raspberry plants and transplant them.
Dig up raspberry canes in the spring before the growing season begins. Insert the tip of the shovel approximately six inches away from the raspberry plant and carefully push the shovel into the ground. Work the shovel around the entire perimeter of the plant, pushing it into the soil to loosen the raspberry plant. Take care not to disturb the roots.
Remove the raspberry plants from the soil and set them aside while you work on the rest of the plants to be transplanted.
Prepare the new growing area by working the soil, if necessary. Use the garden spade to loosen the soil to a depth of approximately five inches. Add one to two inches of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with the garden spade. Rake the soil surface smooth with the garden rake.
Dig holes in the prepared growing area so that the raspberry plants will be approximately 10 to 12 inches apart and will be at the same depth as they were previously growing. Make the rows approximately three feet apart.
Place the raspberry plants into the holes and spread the roots out in the holes. Fill in the soil firmly around the plants. Trim the stems so they are five inches tall. Water the transplanted raspberry plants generously. Keep them watered well over the next two weeks to minimize transplant stress.
Add two inches of mulch around the base of the transplanted raspberry plants to protect the roots from cold, conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds.