Rasp and blackberries in garage?

queensinfoFebruary 25, 2013

I have been over wintering fall bearing rasps and flouricane blackberries in pots in an unheated garage since the extremely cold temps about a month and a half ago. The garage is under and adjacent to house so i dont know how cold it stays. They were planted last year. Should I pull them out of the garage now or just keep them inside? I am concerned that they lost their cold hardiness after being in there for so long.

2) should I wait until spring to cut down the rasps or can i just cut them down now? I plan to prune for fall crop only.

3). Should the blackberries lose all of their leaves over the winter? They seem to have lost about half before they were moved into the garage.

Thanks

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shazaam(NC 7B)

1. As long as temps aren't too frigid, I'd be inclined to move them back outside.

2. Now would be fine.

3. That's not unusual. Of the five varieties that I grow, only one routinely drops all of its leaves in the fall.

This post was edited by shazaam on Mon, Feb 25, 13 at 22:22

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 10:17PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I'd pull them back out...

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 10:34PM
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larry_gene

The cold-hardiness has not been lost unless they have started sprouting (new roots, or buds on canes). Roots are more of a concern that the rest of the plant for being exposed to below-freezing temperatures.

Spelling is "floricane".

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 10:38PM
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queensinfo

Thanks. I actually looked up the spelling and then somehow spelled it wrong.
I'll pull them out tonight.

Same with strawberries? Do I cut off the leaves to give a new start?

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:39AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

All Blackberry plants in your zone will take care the leaves on there on they drop as some they start new growth.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 9:12AM
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