Dividing and planting raspberry plants/canes..

wittyraven(4)September 2, 2013

We are going to be getting some plants/canes from my father in laws raspberry plants. He has a pretty long row of them so we will probably get quite a few. I know nothing about raspberries. Will is be okay planting them straight in the garden this fall? Or should I transplant them to pots and move them into the garden next spring? I'm in AK so pretty cold winter(last year in september we were 20-30 degrees below). Seems risky to plant them in the garden right before winter... but what do I know?

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Here in Madison, Wisconsin, I transplant raspberries in the fall, and they overwinter fine. They grow like weeds in our yard, so I have to thin them every spring, or the patch gets so thick with canes that I am unable to get to much of the fruit. They also transplant well in the spring, before they have flowered, typically in April or early May. We have milder winter weather than Alaska, however. It gets down to 10 below every winter, and sometimes we see 20 below, but rarely any colder than that.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 10:14PM
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Plant them at least as deeply as they were in the in-laws garden, and do you have reliable snow cover in the winter?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 10:28PM
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Yes, theres usually a steady 1-3 feet on the ground with a nice thick sheet of ice underneath until April-May.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 12:10PM
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Then there's your protection; otherwise put some thick mulch on if there will be a deep freeze prior to the snowfall. Getting the soil moist before a hard freeze can help, especially if you have gritty alluvial soil, as it reduces the air content of the soil.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 11:33PM
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