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How to Plant Raspberries in Colorado

By Anna Aronson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Raspberries plants are very hardy, making them a good choice for the varied climates of Colorado. They key to growing raspberries in Colorado is choosing a variety that suits your particular climate. Black and purple raspberries do best in the milder parts of the state, while red raspberries grow well in colder areas. Keep in mind that raspberry plants will not produce any fruit the year they are planted. Fruit should begin to grow the second year after planting. Once your raspberry plants become established, they will provide fruit for eating and baking for years to come.


Choose a location for the plants that receives full sun and has enough room for the roots to spread. Raspberries can be planted at any time in the growing season, but do best if planted in the early spring after the threat of frost has passed.

Remove any weeds or other vegetation from the bed.

Dig a hole large enough to fit the plant's entire root system, and deep enough so the plant's root ball remains at the same level it was planted in at the nursery. If you want to fertilize the soil, add a 10-10-10 fertilizer before planting.

Place the raspberry plant in the hole, and fill in with soil.

Firmly tamp down the soil.

Thoroughly water the plant so it can start to establish roots in the new location. The plants require about 1 to 3 inches of water per week. Give them more water as the plants approach harvest.


Things You Will Need

  • Raspberry plants
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Water
  • Fertilizer, if desired


  • Regularly check the bed for weeds and remove invasive plants so they do not choke out the rapsberries.
  • Raspberries should be picked in the early morning, the coolest part of the day.

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.