Need Help- To late to transplant??????

happytomato2008(wis 3)September 12, 2013

I was offered some Raspberry plants if I came and dug them up because the new owner was going to remove all of them for a new lawn...... When I saw the raspberrys they were already fruiting .. Everbearing type I believe , and the canes were very tall. I had to cut off about 2 ft off the tops just to get them into the trunk of the car.

Will they survive the winter here in zone 3 if I get them into soil ASAP?? (( Bye the way we transplant strawberrys in November with success))
Need some 'planting' advice. Judy

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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

Not the ideal time, but you have no choice. They should make it. And the canes that fruited on top, will fruit in the summer on the lower 2/3 's of the plant. Once that happens, cut them down right at ground level. New primocanes will be growing too at that time.
Most advice I have heard is to transplant raspberries before they bud in the spring. That is the ideal time.

It probably is a good idea to cut the upper third off. Any fruiting parts should be removed. The plant will try and produce the fruit instead of concentrating on new root growth. So any that are left, cut cane just below all fruting sections.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 8:48AM
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I have transplanted everbearing raspberries here in Madison, WI, in the spring, and also in the fall, with success. Just water them in and mulch them, and they should be fine.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 9:26AM
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ForeverRecycleReuse(MN 4b)

I transplanted all my raspberry plants last fall and all survived but did suffer extensive rabbit damage during the long MN winter as I did not have a fence around the patch. I will also be transplanting several plants this weekend as a few family members are now interested in beginning their own patch.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 10:09AM
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Prune them back before you start digging and they will be fine. Fall bearing are fruiting now, I would think that is more likely what these are.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 10:29AM
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happytomato2008(wis 3)

Thanks for all this superb advice. Wasn't sure how tough raspberries are.
YES, I do have those pesky rabbits but not many.
(neighbors hunt them for food so they should not be a major problem.) Judy

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 8:19PM
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