Planting raspberries in fall zone 5

myk1(5 IL)July 9, 2012

It's pretty hit and miss on whether the ground is frozen solid for November shipping and with voles being able to girdle a small tree in a few bites I've always got trees for spring planting.

But my new raspberry bed is already tilled.

Is there any reason not to fall plant raspberries?

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franktank232(z5 WI)

I would do it...Just wait until it turns wet...if that should ever occur again! The ground here is rock hard.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 5:43PM
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If you can get the plants, I don't see why not. If it would be practical, you might want to consider throwing a straw or oak leaf mulch over the bed after planting just to delay the freezing of the soil to give the new roots additional time to grow and establish.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 9:33PM
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myk1(5 IL)

I had hoped there would be some rain so I'd be able to sprout and kill weed seeds over the summer. I may have to water to do it instead. I'm in the severe drought area.

Heavy oak leaf mulch is in the plans. If it's a normal year I'd figure about 4 weeks even with mulch. Where I'd really gain the time establishing is in the spring. I imagine raspberries are waking up in February here even in a bad year.
When I planted them in the spring they took forever to wake up and they don't ship to me until April.

I'll make the order. Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2012 at 12:22AM
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