replacing old raspberries - expertise needed
I've had raspberry plants in my yard for 12 years or more, varieties Taylor and Latham I think. At this point I probably have suckers of suckers growing and the quantity and quality of the fruit has gone downhill. I ripped out the old last summer and am ready to order new. My question concerns placement. The best space I have is where the old ones were growing, and I'm concerned that if they were diseased (as opposed to just old) my new plants will just catch the same disease and fail.
My old ones, besides bearing less fruit, were doing well at flowering and making the beginnings of berries, but the berries would just shrivel up before they matured. Sound like a virus? Should I stay away from this patch for a year or two?
Thanks for any advice you can give me.