Separating Raspberry Canes

melikeeatplantsFebruary 1, 2014

I'm building a raised bed for my raspberry canes. I was able to dig them out in clumps and have set them aside.

When I put them into the new bed, would it be better to plant the whole clump or separate all or some of it? It seems a little crowded in areas where there are old cane stubs. Maybe separating canes would reinvigorate the raspberries?

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larry_gene

I wouldn't separate on a cane-by-cane basis. Dividing the clumps in halves or quarters with a sharp instrument would be fine. Take care not to mash around the base of the living perimeter canes--that is where next season's new canes are budded.

If your dug clumps have a lot of soil you may be fine; if too many roots become exposed, expect less vigor of the new canes for a year until the transplants are re-established.

Do this sooner than later as fine new root growth can occur in your area any time now.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 11:40PM
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melikeeatplants

Thanks for the advice. Yeah, things are waking up here.....

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 12:40AM
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