Best time to transplant Raspberry suckers?

drew51 SE MI Z5b/6aMay 7, 2013

SSIA. I have some open spaces in a raspberry bed, and crowded in other spots. I would like to even things out. But not sure when to move them?

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here in Brooklyn NY i did this today after work, sizes of the suckers ranged from 12 inches to 6 inches, basically bare rooted em, done this is the past without too much effort.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 8:11PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

So they were growing or dormant? I have new ones (suckers, or runners, whatever), and wondered if it was OK to move them. I suppose I will stunt growth a bit. But it probably needs to be done now, thanks!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 8:36PM
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these were runners/suckers that are new this spring that popped up several feet from the patch, it does stunt a bit, however I give the transplants a little extra tlc for a week. These things pretty much grow themselves ;p

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:33PM
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I have moved raspberries this time of year, successfully, here in Madison, Wisconsin. The rate of success is 100%, to my recollection. You can't say they are dormant, because there will always be a leaf or two beginning to emerge. Raspberries grow like weeds in our yard.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:42PM
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Dig a larger area around it then kinda break up the ground and work the plant and it's root free. After you relocate it water it alot, like some water every hour and give it shade. I mostly move them to pots to share with friends. So they get good potting soil and total shade. I also clip off some of the larger leaves. They look really wilted very easily, but don't despair, just add water.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:55PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

Thanks very much everybody!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:53PM
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I forgot to add, if possible and practical, do your transplanting in the late afternoon or evening, and at the beginning of an overcast and damp weather cycle. Ideally, it would be best to have three days of overcast weather, light rain, no wind, immediately after transplant. That condition will eliminate wilting, & keep the raspberry plant well hydrated.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:10PM
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