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The Best Way to Plant Raspberry Plants

By Lauren Wise ; Updated September 21, 2017

Raspberries are an ideal addition to any garden or landscape, for their bright splashes of color, rapid growth, and delicious harvest. They last up to twelve years, and one plant can produce pounds of berries every growing season, which are high in vitamins A and C. There are a couple of ways to plant raspberry plants, but the most effective method is to plant transplant canes in the early spring.

Decide where to plant the raspberry canes in a part of your landscape that gets at least six hour of sun, preferably around eight. Make sure it is planted at least 300 feet from other berry plants.

Test the pH of the soil in the location. Raspberry plants grow best in loamy soil that is between 5.5 and 6.5 in pH. Add lime if it is below 5.5, or compost and manure if it is over 6.5. Adding compost can also aid in aeration.

Remove all weeds from the planting site with herbicide or by hand.

Plant raspberry canes about three feet apart for planting areas that are on a slope. On level ground, plant them about two feet apart. For heavy soil that has a high clay content, raised beds are the best way to plant raspberries.

Dig the holes with a shovel for the seedlings, about six inches deep and at least 1 1/2 times as wide as the root ball.

Trim back the seedling canes with the pruning scissors until they are about six inches over the root system. Remove the packaging. Carefully place each seedling into its respective hole.

Cover and smooth the area around the raspberry cane transplant with loose soil from the hole you dug up. Firmly pat the soil around the base to make sure the transplant is secure.

Water the transplants with about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of fresh water after planting. From here on out, water it with a couple inches of water each week.


Things You Will Need

  • Soil pH testing kit
  • Shovel
  • Raspberry seedlings
  • Water
  • 10-10-10 or 12-12-12 fertilizer